Justice for Shelby continues with awareness walk
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 26, 2013 | 5741 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shelby's Voice will be heard loud and clear on Oct. 19 at Bear Pen Park.

After Shelby Harmon's death on Oct 20, 2012, many Cleveland residents began to reach out in efforts to find "Justice for Shelby."

While a walk-a-thon was talked about last year, it wasn't until this year that it was possible.

Shelby's Voice, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to domestic violence, will host a "walk to the end of domestic violence."

The walk-a-thon will be Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at Bear Pen Park.

"All proceeds will go to the shelters. There is one in Greenville that we've been working with and there's a new one we've been talking with in Batesville. "Unfortunately, there are no other ones any closer to the Bolivar County area," said Angie Harmon, Shelby's mom.

The cost to participate is $15 for an individual and $30 for a family or organization. Shelby's Voice T-shirts will be available at the walk-a-thon and if an individual registers and wants a T-shirt as well, the cost is $20.

Non-walkers can purchase Shelby's Voice t-shirts for $10.

"October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and we wanted to do something this year to remember and honor her and to reach out and help people that are going through the same thing that she went through," said Harmon.

Shelby Harmon, 20, died early in the morning of Oct 20, 2012, on U.S. Highway 61 N. near the Bolivar-Washington County lines.

A pedestrian at the time of the accident, Harmon was struck by multiple vehicles, including a pickup truck allegedly driven by her boyfriend, Rodney Shelton Fulgham, 23.

While Fulgham remains at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility awaiting trial, Harmon's family continues to reach out to the community to spread awareness and make sure Shelby is remembered.

"We feel like we have to be proactive and do something so we just can't sit by on our hands and do nothing," said Harmon.

"Hopefully there will be many other things going on after this. We're trying to do something positive. The reason we chose the 19th is because Shelby died on the 20th.

"We chose it because that was her last day alive and we wanted to honor that—her life, not just her death," said Harmon.

Participants may register the day of the walk or go to "Justice for Shelby" Facebook page and get more information about registration and forms.