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Baron “Deuce” Braswell 5K run/walk against teen violence is Saturday

Gwendolyn Braswell-Nash writes on today’s op-ed page about the permanent pain she feels over the loss of

Baron P. Braswell II

her son, Baron P. “Deuce” Braswell II. Braswell was a 16-year-old Courtland High School student and football player when he was fatally stabbed at a party in Spotsylvania County on Jan. 20, 2006.

For the past five years, Braswell-Nash has organized a 5k run/walk at Courtland High School to remember her son, and also to mobilize the community against teen violence.

Braswell-Nash writes:

My life has been forever changed. I know that judicial decisions will not ease my pain or remedy my loss, and that I can’t contaminate my thoughts with resentment and anger, lest I put myself in a perpetual state of suffering while the perpetrators of the crime move on with their lives. I know I must place my pain, sorrow, anger, depression, and my healing, into God’s hands.

Still, media reports of tragedy and teen violence impact me. I feel the loss of every mother and father who has endured suffering brought on by a violent act against her or his child. Bullying, murder, gang attacks, rape, cyber bullying, brutal beatings, suicide, and the like affect me deeply.

These acts of violence should stir our entire community. Let us not remain passive. Let us come together. Join me at Courtland High School on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. for the sixth annual Baron P. Braswell II Run/Walk Against Teen Violence.

This event has been created to bring a continued awareness of the issue of teen violence and its effects on the victim, the families, the perpetrator, and the community as a whole.

If you’d like to register for the event, you can find more information and an online registration link here.

In addition to the 5k run/walk, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids 14 and under, a raffle for prizes, guest speakers to provide dialogue on issues pertaining to teen violence, food, music, prizes, moon bounces, face painters, and more.

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