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November 11, 2012

Walking for Alicia

GREENVILLE — Several hundred people walked in memory of Alicia Moore Saturday.

The crowd made its way from Graham Park, filling Walnut Street as it proceeded to the intersection of Bourland Street where Moore, 16, was last seen on the afternoon of Nov. 2 getting off of a school bus and where a memorial in her honor rests. Many of those participating wore purple, Moore’s favorite color.

Jessica Byrd, Moore’s aunt, said she appreciated the fact that so many came out to support the family, as it continues to seek answers to how Moore was killed, along with the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for Moore’s murder.

“We are not going to give up the fight,” Byrd said. “We are fighting to the end.”

Some in the crowd carried signs proclaiming that Moore would not be forgotten. The marchers occasionally shouted “I am Alicia” and once arriving at the memorial cried out “No Justice. No Peace.”

At the site, Rev. Phillip Williams said the march should serve as a call for unity.

“We as a community got to stand up for each other, help each other,” Williams said. “Greenville has been like this for too long. It is time for a change and it starts right now.”

After pausing for a moment of silence, the march continued through the surrounding neighborhood, past the home where Moore lived, and back to Graham Park, where the Greenville Police Department was to present a program on keeping children safe.

Byrd said funeral services for Moore are currently scheduled for 11 a.m. next Saturday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Greenville. Grace and Mercy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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