North Augusta, S.C. -
28-year old Travis Smith was shot in the stomach while he stood outside the Ridgeview Manor Apartment Complex in North Augusta on September 29th, 2012. Two men were seen running away from the complex after the shooting, but no one has been arrested. As Dee Griffin reports, instead of getting bitter this family is using their loved ones death to make their community better. As the rain falls on Ridgeview Manor apartments in North Augusta, a cloud of questions loom over the complex where Travis Smith was killed nearly two years ago after two men wearing hoodies walked up and shot him. "He wasn't a confrontational type of person. He didn't go looking for trouble. He liked everybody and everybody liked him that's why it's puzzling. We don't understand what the motive would be for somebody to kill him," says Smith's sister Tyesha Simmons.
She says her brother would have turned 30 years old this week. While the family reflects on his life they are also using this time to raise awareness of his death. "We need to get these people off the streets because they could do this to another person. As long as they're out there they don't have responsibility for their actions and we need to get these people off the street so they can't hurt anyone."
In an effort to use their tragedy to help others triumph in the fight to end violence Simmons and her family have set up a Facebook page and anti-crime campaign called " TeamBoskie." "We have stop the violence rallies. We reach out to other families who's family members have been the victims of violent crimes. We just try to get them involved. We do community events," explains Simmons.
Although there are more questions than answers surrounding her brother's death, Simmons says she's using this experience to help stop violence before it starts to take more lives as well as provide an avenue to get information to heat up a case that may have gone cold. "We know that there's information out there because he spent so much time in that area. I know that somebody should know something," says Simmons.
The family is planning to get together on Saturday in memory of Travis Smith and his birthday. Also, some local record producers have created a song with Smith's family that focuses on stopping the violence. A video for the song will be taped next month.