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Girl's Death Brings Back Another Painful Past

Posted January 12, 1998 12:00 a.m. EST

— As friends and family members struggle to cope with Brittany Locklear's death, another person says she was at Monday's funeral in spirit. She is the grandmother of a little girl, also named Brittny who died in violence last year.

Lynette Tyree feels a special tie to Brittany Locklear's family, even though she's never met them. Her four year old granddaughter, also named Brittny, died while sleeping last June when several gunman shot into her Rocky Mount home.

"It was just like the night," Tyree says. "It was just like it happened again to me. See, they cause pain up there to that family, and they're causing pain down here, too."

Tyree says the Hoke County death brought back painful memories, so she's taking on a project to make everyone aware of violence against children. She doesn't want a repeat of what happened to her granddaughter, Brittny Johnson, or what happened to little Brittany Locklear in Hoke County.

In honor of both little girls, Tyree is starting an anti-violence campaign called "Brittny."

Co-founder Ada Bellamy says this is just the start of healing for both families.

"It can't stop there," Bellamy explains. "It's got to continue. The love and understanding, the support, most importantly the support. You've got to be there."

Both women say they want to support Brittany's family emotionally, and let the rest of us know that being aware of these problems is the first step to ending them.

The newly formed "Brittny" group plans to get together soon to talk about its options. If you'd like to get involved, call 919-446-0519.