Annual "Enough is Enough" anti-violence march held in Waynesboro

Annual "Enough is Enough" anti-violence march held in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Wayne County residents hits the streets Saturday morning to take a stand against violence.

Dozens of residents, religious leaders and law enforcement officials took part in an annual "Enough is Enough" anti-violence march.

It began at the county courthouse and ended at South Side Park.

The goal is to bring attention to several unsolved homicides and encourage peaceful dialogue in the community.

"Be watchful, be mindful, trust in the law enforcement," said Shashonia Pickens, a march participant. "If you see something, just go to them and talk to them and tell them, so we can stop this violence."

Pickens' cousin, Norman Howard, was shot and killed in 2008. His murder is still unsolved.

Last weekend in Waynesboro, dozens of gunshots were fired during a party at the Waynesboro City Auditorium.  One person was shot in the leg and a Quitman man, Giovanni Nicholson, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with that incident.

And three weeks ago, a Waynesboro man, Marcus S. McGill, was fatally shot in a vacant lot on Sunset Street.

"This (march) shows that this community cares and we show that we care for the community," said Jody Ashley, sheriff of Wayne County. "We want to make this a safer and better place."

"Parents need to understand that we have a job to do, but in order for us to do our job, we're going to need the help from the community, from all parts of the community, black and white," said Kennedy Meaders, assistant chief of the Waynesboro Police Department.

This was the 7th year for the march.