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Caravan to honor memory, raise money for slain Edgecombe women

Posted July 27, 2012
Updated July 28, 2012

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— A motorcycle group wants to honor the memories of nine women killed in Edgecombe County and help the victims' surviving children.

The Street Soldiers Motorcycle Club is hosting a motorcycle and car caravan at 8:30 p.m. Friday that will begin at the Gateway Complex in Rocky Mount and end at Seven Bridges Road.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the club will host a charity ride from the Gateway Complex to Tarboro.

Money collected from the $10 entry fee will be given to members of Parents & Relatives of the Missing & Murdered, a support group formed by loved ones of the victims.

The nine women disappeared from Rocky Mount over a four-year period and the subsequent discovery of their bodies in different locations in the Rocky Mount area rattled the community.

Some believe one man – Antwan Pittman – is responsible for all of their deaths. A 10th woman with a similar profile is still missing.

Last fall, a jury convicted Pittman of killing Taraha Nicholson. He was sentenced to life in prison, and remains the prime suspect in the murders of at least seven other women in Edgecombe County.

Pittman's lawyers last month requested a new trial. They're challenging 70 items from his original trial.

To learn more about the support group or the caravan, call 919-544-3464.

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  • carrboroyouth Jul 27, 2012

    I think that they did not make the news as often because many of the women had criminal histories and worked in prostitution. A few seemed to have severed ties with their families as well. I'm not saying that makes it right, but I do think it contributes to the lack of interest in the media.

    I do hope justice is served and that the families can somehow find peace.

  • same ole story Jul 27, 2012

    I feel like if these were white women missing from Cary there would be more of an outcry from the public. This is a big deal!
    whyyoulikethat
    July 27, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Unfortunately these families didn't even know they were missing until months after the fact. Their own families disowned them to a life on the streets!!! Color has nothing to do with it!!!! When your own flesh and blood do not care about you then don't hold out your hand for donations. Give it to the womens shelter in the community!!!

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    It's not viewed as a 'big deal' by the public because these women were prostitutes.

  • farm Jul 27, 2012

    "I feel like if these were white women missing from Cary there would be more of an outcry from the public. This is a big deal!"

    It is a big deal....What have you done to help?

  • whyyoulikethat Jul 27, 2012

    I feel like if these were white women missing from Cary there would be more of an outcry from the public. This is a big deal!