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Citizens gather to walk against domestic violence

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An Americus woman hopes to raise awareness for domestic violence, and the community is invited to join. This comes while an Americus man remains in critical condition, following a stabbing over the weekend. Police say the crime is a domestic situation.

The walk will start from Staley Middle School and continue to Boone Park at 6:30. There are victims here, but also just citizens that want to take a stand against domestic violence. The event is all about one thing: coming together, said Jessica Montford, walk organizer.

 Kierra Warren becomes the latest suspect in a domestic violence case. Accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the car. Brandon Douglas is in critical condition in Macon. She was denied bond Monday.

 Lashondia Terry faces murder charges in another case, charged with stabbing and killing her boyfriend during a fight on Valentine's night.

 Lafonzo Childs is charged with stabbing and killing his wife and injuring her friend in another fatal domestic situation.

 These crimes led to this walk.  "I'm hoping this walk will maybe enlighten a lot of people to understand that you can speak up if you want," Montford.

 Jessica Montford wants evidence of this four letter word in Americus more often.  Inspired by her own experiences with violence.  "I witnessed my sister going through this. I have friends that have lost family members because of this," said Montford.

 Montford wants to bring this issue to light; an issue she says is swept under the rug.  "It's OK to seek help if you need it especially for domestic violence because it's not right; it's not cool," said Montford.

 The walk is specifically to remember the victims of the crimes though.  Montford started a hashtag on Facebook called "positive vibes only."

 "This is not anything to bash anyone. This is not walk to cause drama. It's just basically a walk to enlighten Americus, Georgia that we all need to come together and pray as a city," said Montford.

Montford says you can bring candles, posters, and there will be a time for people to speak too.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

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