5K honors nurse killed by domestic violence

Saturday, the Taffi T. Crawford Foundation held its first 5K run to end domestic violence.
Saturday, the Taffi T. Crawford Foundation held its first 5K run to end domestic violence.

(WMC-TV) - Saturday marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in the Mid-South, loved ones honored the memory of a Mississippi nurse who was the victim of what many call a silent killer.

Taffi Crawford was a nurse, but loved ones say before her death she was a caregiver on and off the job.  

"My fondest memory of her is her love for life, her love for people," said her aunt, Ruby Tinnon.

In 2010, Crawford fell victim to what loved ones call a silent killer: domestic violence.

"A lot of people want to think, 'If I don't talk about it it will go away,' but it won't go away," said a close friend of Crawford's, Cheryl Saulsberry.

Saturday, the Taffi T. Crawford Foundation held its first 5K run to end domestic violence. The foundation was founded by Crawford's family and friends.

Crawford was killed outside her workplace in February of 2010.  Police charged her estranged boyfriend.  The foundation's work began almost immediately, raising money to promote awareness, prevention and around-the-clock help for victims trapped in a violent relationship.

"I'd like everyone to know that if you're going through a domestic situation you can get help - you don't have to go through it by yourself," said Crawford's brother, Reginald Jones.

Saturday, event organizers said they hoped to bring awareness of Crawford and what she stood for. Friends said she felt her purpose was not only to help people as a nurse, but to aid others in her personal life.

"She's smiling down at the accomplishments that we're making," Saulsberry said. "If we could just save one person, I know she'd be happy with that."

To learn more about the Taffi T. Crawford Foundation and its work, click here: http://www.taffitcrawforddvfoundation.com

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