Augusta, GA – An organization wants to lower the number of murders in Richmond County. The Augusta Branch of the NAACP Young Adults organized a city-wide Stop the Violence Candlelight Vigil Wednesday night.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office reports there have been three murders this year. But young adults with the NAACP said enough is enough.
The more than 100-year-old, national civil rights group went back to the basics, involving God in its fight to improve communities. During the vigil, Louveina Nipple will speak.
“He said momma, I’m 10 minutes away. I’ll be there in 10 minutes. I said ok. He never did pull up,” Nipple said through the tears.
The mother remembers the day her son, 34-year-old Carlton Nipple was shot and killed.
“I want the public to know I do know who killed my son and I just want Richmond County to step up and arrest him and the young lady who had something to do with it,” she said of the August 5, 2015 killing of her son at Barnes and Stevens Road.
Nipple told us her son’s killers are still walking around the city, while his younger brother and two cousins are doing time for the crime she said they didn’t commit.
News Channel 6 spoke with the sheriff’s office after the incident. Investigators, who were still investigating at the time, said it was a case of self-defense and the fourth person was not charged. They also said Nipple was arguing with another man over a woman they both had children with.
His mother is telling a different story. Ms. Nipple said the difference in the stories is one of the reasons why Richmond County has a violence problem.
But that still won’t bring back her son, who was also a father who had just took a job at Fort Gordon the day he was killed.
“He was very cheerful and he was very bubbly and he was just full of joy,” she painfully recalled.
Cathedral of Praise Pastor Paul Coppett told News Channel 6 lowering murders county-wide is not a physical fight, but a spiritual one. So, he’s joining the local NAACP young adults to spread the message.
“I don’t know if we’re able to completely put a halt to all violence, to all criminal activity. If I can save one young person, then I feel like I’ve done a part of what can help,” Rev. Coppett said.
The NAACP points to prisoners released with no tools as to why communities are dealing with crimes.
NAACP Executive Committee Member Eboniquie McClinnahan, said “We knew that once some of these incarcerated people were released from jail, it’s almost like the cycle repeated itself.”
Whatever the reason is, there are too many mothers like Nipple that will never hug their child again who want the murders in Richmond County to stop.
Nipple added, “You don’t have to have a gun to get a point across. You can just talk.”
The city-wide Stop the Violence Candlelight Vigil starts at 7:00 p.m. at Cathedral of Praise on Peace Orchard Road.