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Fayetteville vigil to remember recent military murders

Posted October 3, 2008 4:10 p.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2008 8:27 p.m. EDT

— Several groups in Fayetteville are teaming up to hold a vigil to remember the recent murders of military women.

The event starts with a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Quaker Peace Center, at 223 Hillside Ave., on Wednesday. It will include a luncheon, discussion and wreath placement in Lafayette Cemetery, 2301 Ramsey Street.

Veterans For Peace, the Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Military and the Quaker Peace House are hosting the day of events, which also includes a vigil at 11 a.m. at the main gate of Fort Bragg on Yadkin Road.

From December 2007 to July 2008, three military women were killed by military males near the Army's Fort Bragg and the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune.

The most recent death was Sgt. Christina E. Smith, 29, who was the third Fort Bragg servicewoman in four months to be killed off-post.

Smith's death follows the killings of Spc. Megan Touma, 23, and 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, 24.