Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 27, 2011

Walk to be held at Liberty Park

BATESVILLE — “I will never have the opportunity to hear my baby’s voice again ... I can’t hug her or tell her I love her,” says Karen Adams of her daughter, Cierra, who died on her 18th birthday July 16.

Instead of only grieving, her relatives have become activists. They want to make area families aware of just how prevalent drug use is here and what can be done to curb it.

The Cierra Adams Memorial Walk will begin Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Park.

The walk “is for anybody who lost a neighbor, friend, loved one or anyone to drugs or alcohol … or anyone in the community who is concerned” about the issue. “We want to show dealers ... we want them out of our community. We don’t want the drugs here. We don’t want them in the hands of our kids,” she explained July 26.

Mayor Rick Fledderman approved the rain-or-shine event July 22 after meeting with the Batesville family, who will plan the short route through downtown on city streets with the help of the Batesville Police Department.

Afterwards, there will be a candlelight vigil and speakers at the park bandstand.

Adams hopes parents of young kids show up. “All of your children will face this problem (of being offered illegal drugs) someday,” points out Adams’ sister, Diana Fugate, Morris, who has a daughter 10 hours younger than Cierra was.

Both want to see young faces in the crowd, too. “We need to get the message out to these children ... the next time you’re offered something ... at a party, ask yourself this question: ‘Is it worth my life?’ If Cierra could come back … she would say, ‘Don’t do it.’”

Sister-in-law Rosie Jones notes, “This tragedy has severely affected our family and also other families.” During the walk, “we come together to fight this war that has taken over our community. It\'s time we pull together and try to put an end to this ...”

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