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Program will recall memory of Ebony Clarke

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Barbara WIlliford Barbara WIlliford
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A Bainbridge mother is still fighting to make her community safer several years after the tragic death of her daughter, and she's organizing a vigil and rally to help others who have lost loved ones to violence.

Barbara Williford says trying to prevent violence in her community helps her cope with the loss of her daughter.

Six years after her daughter was killed, Williford is still on a mission to help others cope with losing someone to violence.

"I want to be able to help another mother not go through what I went through on losing my daughter. The tears never stop, you can't see them from the outer appearance but the inner appearance they still go on," said Williford.

Williford's daughter, Ebony Clarke, was 21 years old when she was killed by a stray bullet at a Bainbridge public housing facility on August 11, 2008. Clarke was a innocent bystander watching a gang related fight. "I always used to tell her you don't run to a fight, you run from a fight," said Williford.

Every year since her daughter's death, Williford has hosted a vigil and rally to bring awareness to problems in the community. Williford says it's all a part the healing process.

"Try to get the gangs stopped in our community and the drugs. And to get the law enforcement to stop the drugs and to make this a safe place," said Williford.

People will march from the site of Clarke's death on Broughton Street to Willis Park in downtown. Williford says the two day event continues to grow each year.

"We want everyone to come out and light a candle in honor of a love one that they lost or a child. On that Saturday morning, we'll release some balloons and a moment of silence," said Williford.

No one has ever been charged in Ebony Clarke's death.

The candlelight vigil is this Friday night at 5:00 at Willis Park. The Community Rally and March is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at Willis Park. It will also be a day of family fun with free food, crafts and back to school supplies. You can reach Barbara Willis at 229-726-6365. 

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