Photo by Johnny Jackson
Sandra and Winston Williams stand at a memorial site at the intersection of Whisper Lane and Jonesboro Road in McDonough, near where their daughter, Miracle Parham Williams, was accidentally struck by a car and killed.
The family of Miracle Parham Williams wants to say thanks to the many who came to their aid six months ago, when the McDonough teenager was struck and killed.
"It's been an outpouring of condolences," said the teenager's father, Winston Williams. "My family has received much support and love from the McDonough community."
A Miracle's Mile - Love Walk will be held April 9, at 11 a.m., in memory of 14-year-old Miracle Williams. It will begin with a prayer and dedication at the corner of Whisper Lane and Jonesboro Road, and will include a procession, led motorcycles and horses, and a musical tribute on the McDonough Square.
"Over 1,000 people showed up for a candlelight vigil, and funeral for Miracle. The family got a great amount of strength from that," said Armie Robinson, an organizer of the walk, along with Barbara Frazier.
"I was one of those who went to the house to be of any assistance I could, and they wanted to say thank you to the community at-large," said Robinson. Thus, on April 9, there will be Miracle's Mile - Love Walk.
"This is a way to allow the Williams family to say thank you for the outpouring of support during the tragedy," said Robinson.
Williams died Oct. 5, 2010, when she was hit a car while reportedly attempting to escape an attack a dog. At the time of her death, Williams was waiting for her school bus to arrive.
The incident occurred around 7:20 a.m., near the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Rosewood Drive, in McDonough, said Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton, on the day of the accident.
"A passenger vehicle heading east on Jonesboro Road struck [Parham] in the center of the road," Bolton said. "Witnesses reported that the victim appeared to be backing away from an aggressive dog, when she was struck."
A makeshift memorial is on the site now, about 50 yards from the family's home. Recently, Robinson and others put up a memorial banner heralding the walk, but that will be replaced later with a cross.
Winston Williams expressed gratitude for Robinson's desire to pay tribute to Miracle. The father hopes those who were affected his daughter's death, and others in the community, will be touched the walk on April 9.
"It wasn't just our family who was going through the loss of Miracle," Williams said. "For people to care, means a great deal. We know we are not the only ones who have lost a loved one. We want this event to be a great thing for everyone who shares our same hurt, and our same loss."
The father added that he wants to solidify Miracle's legacy, within the McDonough community.
"Her legacy is about love, caring and the support of people," he said. "We want people to know what she was about, and what her legacy stands for."
Williams was a student at Henry County High School. In October, Tony Pickett, speaking for the Henry County School System, said school officials were "saddened" her death. "It's such a tragic event, and our hearts go out to the family."
Scott John, the principal at Henry County High School, said the entire school, including teachers and students, were "devastated" Williams' death. "She was extremely well-liked, and a popular person in her ninth-grade class," John said, following the teen's death.
For more information about the event, call Armie Robinson at (609) 817-3316.