New anti-violence advocacy group forms with focus on providing scholarships

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va, (WAVY) — A newly formed anti-violence group is hoping to not only speak up against forms of violence in Hampton Roads, but also send students to college. 

Shana Turner founded Hampton Roads Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) in March, three months after her 25-year-old son Shaquille Turner was murdered in Norfolk. Her goal is to spread awareness, educate and heal the effects of senseless violence, according to her website.

“Lets put a stop to the violence that is happening and speak out on it,” Turner said. “That’s how this came about.”

The group has begun to travel to vigils and communities affected by violence throughout Hampton Roads. However, they are also scheduling their own fundraising events. 

“Our goal is to bless 3 students, 2 from Hampton Roads and one from the Eastern Shore of Virginia with a $500 scholarship,” Turner said. “Knowledge is power and Shaquille always encouraged people to be successful.” 

You can look at the upcoming events on the group’s website here

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