Joey-Tonia Thomasson Remembers her Sister, Ebony:
My sister, Ebony Parson was affectionately nicknamed “Ebby Faye” by her family and loved ones. She was full of life and her smile lit up the room. She was one of fifteen children--our father was taken by gun violence when Ebony was a baby. Ebony and I would sit up late night singing and we called our music company, “Low Budget Records.” We felt we gave hope to those without because I couldn’t sing!
On Saturday, September 14th, 2013, my sister Ebony was murdered. Her estranged boyfriend was out on bond for kidnapping and beating Ebony just ten days before. He told his family he planned to kill Ebony, then three days later he entered a local Bingo Hall, shot Ebony, and then turned the shotgun on himself. My sister witnessed the entire horrible event. My whole family lives with the lasting trauma every day, as do the twenty people who witnessed Ebony’s death.
After her murder, I founded Ebony’s Hope--an organization that helps Domestic Violence victims and their families with rent, utilities, and education assistance. Ebony’s Hope hosts an annual event where we invite local agencies so that anyone experiencing Intimate Partner Violence can learn about the resources available to victims and survivors. Ebony’s Hope’s mission is that not another man, woman or child should perish without knowing the resources in Horry & Georgetown County. Even in death, my sister Ebony continues to give hope to those without.
Darnella Wade shares her son, D’Onjay’s story:
“My son D'Onjay Jackson was shot in the head by a 17yr old boy. D'Onjay survived but he is severely disabled and unable to speak. I am his mother—I took to the streets to fight hate crimes like these, let's lay the guns down!” ~Darnella Renee