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Waynesboro community takes part in annual anti-violence march

Marchers carry a sign in memory of murder victim Joe Michael Ruffin during a 4th annual anti-violence walk in Waynesboro Saturday. Marchers carry a sign in memory of murder victim Joe Michael Ruffin during a 4th annual anti-violence walk in Waynesboro Saturday.
Dozens of Wayne County residents, including family members of homicide victims, marched through downtown Waynesboro Saturday morning demanding an end to violence in their community.

The 4th annual Enough is Enough-Stop the Violence walk began at the Wayne County Courthouse and headed to the South Side Park, where singers and speakers motivated participants to help decrease violent acts in the area. 

Family members of two murdered men, Joe Michael Ruffin and Norman Howard, started the walk in 2010.  

Their murders remain unsolved.

"The goals are to basically, stop our black on black crime here in Wayne County, to come together, pull together," said Jasmine Smith, walk organizer and sister of Joe Michael Ruffin. "As black people, we have to stop fighting against each other," she said. 

"I'm tired of all the senseless killing, I'm tired of the raping of our women, I'm tired of the robbing of our senior citizens," said Rev. Patrick Ruffin, a walk participant and brother of Joe Michael Ruffin. "It's time to put a stop to all this," he said.  

Organzers also hoped the event will bring attention to the problem of domestic violence.  

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