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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, August 01, 2002, Page A3, Image 3

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^reggFimrag^ Ti^fiBlic I ? *- .m. tk ih A H \t.. ,/..flifT~ ** q Photos by Courtney Ciaillurd ioetta Shepherd, director of violence response programs with Family Services, speaks to the <*owd gathered to honor victims of domestic abuse, as an advocate for the abused women hplds a mock headstone with a victim's epitaph. Silent Victims :? ' - Agency holds ceremony to honor abused women BV COURTNEY GAILLARD I III CHRONig I Slain victims of domestic violence were honored and remembered in a rally last Thursday called Remember My Name. The rally, spon sored by Family Services Inc. and the Domestic Violence Community Council, was also held to show support for sur vivors of domestic violence. Law-enforcement officers, attorneys, health-care profes sionals and domestic-violence advocates - all of the people who work to assist and protect abused women were present at the rally held in Winston Square Park. All declared their agencies' commitments to ending the violent behavior that leads to so many deaths. "While we honor the mem ory of those who lost their lives due to domestic vio lence. it is also our hope that . this particular service will galvanize our community in its commitment to end domes tic violence. We must create a zero tolerance to domestic violence. These deaths must not be in vain." said Joetta Shepherd, director of violence response programs with Fami ly Services. According to Shepherd, communities around the area were encouraged to gather at the same time on that day to taise awareness about domes tic violence. Black shadow silhouettes covered in a single victim's name and date of death from domestic violence were held as a reminder of the thousands pf women who are murdered from physical abuse. Their names were read off to the small and silent crowd who gathered at the park to honor those whose lives were brought to a brutal and tragic halt. Single white candles were lit to symbolize the 14 victims of domestic violence in the last two months. A 15th can dle was lit to recognize the next victim who has yet to come forward for help. Brandy. Latahnya. Debbie. Elizabeth. Lisa. Tiffany. Jen nifer, Valerie. Tiana. Marilyn and Andrea were just some of so many who-have were mur dered by husbands or boyfriends, some as recent as two weeks ago. "I think if we've learned anything and walk away with anything today, it is that domestic violence is not just an issue that Family Services deals with or the Sheriff's Office or Winston-Salem Police Department. It affects every single system, agency and citizen in this communi ty." said Sharee Fowler, coor dinalor of (he Domestic Vio lence Community Council with Family Services. One survivor named Tere sa came forward and expressed her gratitude to staff members at Family Ser vices who helped her get out of an abusive relationship. She spoke of numerous trips to the Battered Women's Shel ter when she was overcome with feelings of entrapment in her relationship, despite her job as a Winston-Salem police officer. "I broke the silence and freed myself from that rela tionship," said Teresa, who finally decided three years ago that "enough was enough." Once an e-mail began to circulate around agencies stat ing that eight domestic vio lence murders had occurred between June and July of this year. Shepherd said it was quickly decided that a memo rial service would be neces sary to raise awareness. "I think we think about sometimes the fact of people being beaten and people ver bally abused, but we don't necessarily think about the fact that this could end up with someone being seriously injured or killed." Shepherd said. Here are five things to say to a victim of domestic vio lence who is reluctant to leave a violent situation: ? I am afraid for your safe ty ? I am afraid for the safety of your children. ? It will only get worse. ? I am here for you when you are ready to leave. ' You deserve better than this. For information, call the Shelter and 24-Hour Crisis Line, 723-8125, or log onto www.familyserv.org. People gathered at Winston Square Park to memorialize those recently killed due to physical violence. Homes 1 year and older need to be checked for termites "A flea circus is a good act but it takes "^yr / termites to bring a y ' home down." Call * Triad Pest Control 1535 S. Martin Luther KinK Drive Winston-Salem. NC voice if on WFDD k^? 885 FM i Citizens urged to remain calm as SBI probes shooting j I- MKaL. , : r'.yT3?LfJMM ; q F ile Photo ? Jessie Grooms, 14, was shot Saturday morning after the alleged stolen car he was driving was stopped near Rupert Bell Park, which is off File Street in Cast Winston. PROM STAFF REPORTS An official with the State Bureau of Investigation told The Chronicle Monday that the investigation into the shooting of a 14-year-old boy by Winston-Salem police could take weeksp or even months to complete. "It is basically a criminal investigation to determine the facts of the case," said Loy Ingold. supervising agent for the SBI's Greensboro office. The Winston-Salem Police Department called in the SBI Saturday, soon after Jessie Grooms was shot by police. WSPD always calls in the state agency when an officer uses such force. The Police Department has been tight-lipped about the incident. It is unclear how many times Grooms was shot and why police thought it was necessary to fire a gun. The department did release a written statement over the weekend, in which officials said that Grooms was stopped * (beside Rupert Bell Park) by officers in a stolen vehicle. Two officers approached the stolen vehicle and asked Grooms to turn off the igni tion of the car. According to the Police Department, Grooms did not obey the com mand. When an officer reached into the car to turn the ignition off, an altercation ensued and Grooms was shot with the gun of Lt. W.S. Weaver, according to the Police Department statement. Grooms was admitted to Wake Forest University Bap tist Medical Center in serious but stable condition. By press time he had been upgraded to satisfactory condition. Two people who claim to have witnessed the incident i have called The Chronicle this ! week. Both said that they did; not see Grooms resisting offi cers. Ingold said the investiga tion into the shooting will include the collection of phys ical evidence as well as inter views with those involved and witnesses. Ingold said that since the incident occurred on a weekend near a busy park, there are a lot of interviews that must be conducted. 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