WINNSBORO- The Stop the Violence Ministry held their third annual march in support of National Violence Prevention Month.
The ministry is a group of local pastors and citizens who come together to provide support for those who have lost loved ones to violence.
Reverend Eddie Woods is one of the organizers of the ministry and continues to work hard in Fairfield County as well as in Edgefield.
The march began at the Department of Social Services parking lot at 8 a.m. and continued to the courthouse on Congress Street. Cheryl Weldon was one of the speakers; she told her story of loss as she held a poster of her brother, oldest son and her young son who all were lost to violence.
Weldon said, “I am happy to show support in hopes that others don’t have to go through what I have had to.”
Carolyn Bates also shared her story of how she lost her son Larry “LJ” Sanders Jr.
Her son was murdered in his home and the case is still unsolved.
After the speakers, the pastor of Speak to My Heart Ministries Inc. in Winnsboro, Christopher Nelums, delivered a word of encouragement.
He encourages the community to take action and stand up against social violence, black crime and abuse.
Nelums said, “Enough is enough.”
The rally was wrapped up with a Christian rap selection from local youth followed by final words from Rev. Rinzee L. Stansberry who made a call for persons to be our brothers’ keepers and to love and support each other.