Growing Crime Victims’ Forums Point to Importance of Passing Marsy’s Law in Georgia

The crowds keep growing larger at the crime victims’ forums sponsored by Marsy’s Law for Georgia. 

The latest forum in south DeKalb County attracted 70 attendees and featured a panel discussion moderated by Tyeshia Fernandes, a reporter for WSB-TV, the station with the largest audience in the Southeast. 

Powerful testimony brought to life the need for Marsy’s Law in Georgia. Three victims, Kim Baldwin Bryant of Macon, Tamiko Lowry-Pugh of Atlanta and Beverly Muhammad of Decatur, gave their testimonies as to how they did not receive proper notification after they or their loved ones were victims of horrific crimes. 

For Tamiko, her attacker was released without her knowledge and attacked her while she was working. She had to leave the real estate profession because she could no longer wait at empty houses for customers. For Beverly, she found out on Facebook that her son’s killer was released early and by mistake.

Roderick Cunningham, founder of the Beverly Cunningham Foundation, spoke on the absolute importance of giving equal rights for crime victims. Roderick’s mother was murdered, prompting him to start an organization in her honor to help victims of domestic violence.

Just as important, state Rep. Dar’Shun Kendrick and state Sen. Tonya Anderson appeared on the panel, pointing our growing importance in the General Assembly, particularly in the House now that the Senate has passed Marsy’s Law for Georgia by an overwhelming margin.