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Our Families and the Holidays
Fri, Dec. 06, 2013
The holidays are a busy time at SilenceIsViolence. While many of us enjoy extra time with family and friends, celebrations, and the spirit of giving, for too many local families, the holidays are a time of grieving. They feel the loss of loved ones killed by violence with extra intensity at this time. SilenceIsViolence expands our outreach between Thanksgiving and the New Year to provide additional support for families afflicted by violence. Each year, we reach out to the community for support--and each year you have responded generously.
This week we are appealing to you about one family in particular: the family of 19-year-old MiQuisha Nash, who was shot and killed while riding in a friend's car on August 17, 2013. MiQuisha, known as "MeMe" to family and friends, was born and raised in Marrero. She was a chubby baby, the only child of Anicia Nash, who remembers her daughter as always smiling or laughing from childhood straight through to young adulthood. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Col. John Fortunato states that MiQuisha was not an intended target on the day she died. Her mother, grandmother, and a host of family and friends are left to wonder why she was taken from them so young.
SilenceIsViolence is working with the Nash family through our Victim Allies Project, providing grief support as well as material and logistical assistance during their time of tragedy. Please make a contribution and help us support MiQuisha's family, and the dozens of families we serve through the holiday season. Contributions can be made online at www.silenceisviolence.org, or via check to Silence is Violence/Victim Allies Project, 1600 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans LA 70113. Thank you once more for your generous compassion, as always.