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Vigil held for Bainbridge woman killed as innocent bystander

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Barbara Williford Barbara Williford
Wiley Griffin Wiley Griffin
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Barbara Williford honored her daughter's memory with a candlelight vigil in Bainbridge Friday evening. Ebony Clarke was killed 6 years ago after being struck by a stray bullet in a gun fight. If it weren't for gang activity, Clarke would still be alive. That is something Williford doesn't want active gang members to ignore.

"What if that was their sister?" Williford asked. "Their brother? Their child? You know, it would be a bad thing."

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin grieves along with her. 

"She has gone through the pain of losing a daughter because of foolishness," Griffin said. "It has been a tragedy for her family, it has been a tragedy for the community."

This is the 6th time Williford has held the rally. She says she does it so another parent won't have to feel her pain. She and Decatur County officials say cooperating with authorities is the first step to combating gang activity. 

"We need the community to support the law enforcement, to support their community, to make it a safer community," Griffin said.
"So events like this don't happen, they help tremendously."

"If we work with them as a community and we come together, something can happen, we can find out some things, we can do somethings," Williford said.

During the trial 5 years ago, prosecutors said Antonio Greenly was responsible for the shooting death of Clarke while aiming at someone else. The jury deadlocked on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault and found him not guilty of malice murder.

A march and anti-violence rally will be held Saturday in Clarke's honor. 

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