Community advocates gather to remember victims of violence

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- Thursday night the “Pitt County Victim’s Advocate” and “Citizens United Against Violence” gathered for a candle light vigil outside the sheriff’s office in Greenville. Monthly people gather together remembering victims of violence and Thursday night’s focus was on Steven Rouse.

22 year old Rouse died last month after being stabbed multiple times. His mother says he suffered from aspergers autism and was a genius with child-like innocence. She explained her son was a victim of bullying.

“It can be the difference between life and death. My son to us that somebody was bullying him and you know you didn’t think someone is going to go and murder your child.” – Portia Rouse

Rouse says she wants to start a foundation in Steven’s name to bring awareness to autism and to push for laws against bullying.

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