FSU Holds MADD Vigil

Tallahassee, Fla. 10-7-13

Connie Russell is used to speaking at candlelight vigils.

She lost her son, Matt Beard, to a drunk driver.

"They'll spread the story about my son and they'll say this is what happened to Matthew," said Russell. "Don't drink and drive. Have a designated driver."

Janel Robinson, a member of the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority that held the vigil on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She says she hopes to share the message from Connie to her classmates.

"It hurts to know that that actually happened to somebody," said Robinson. "No one wants to hear they had to bury their child but it's also inspiring because she had the strength to come out here."

Although Monday night's turnout wasn't as big as Robinson would have liked, she hopes word of mouth can help spread the news about designating a driver.

"There's 50,000 people on FSU's campus. If MADD started with one person and now it's a nationwide thing, how many people, how many people can six people effect?"

And Connie hopes that these young college students can make a difference in the lives of others by driving sober.

"Does it reach everybody?" asked Russell. "No. I won't lie and say it reaches everybody but if it reaches some people then that's huge."

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