Braswell Run Raises Awareness Against Teen Violence

The Braswell Run, a community event that in conjunction with the Spotsylvania Sheriff department, brings awareness of teen violence.

“The ages groups between 18 and 24, the second lead in homicide is amongst those groups,” says Gwendolyn Braswell-Nash, mother of Baron Braswell II (“Deuce”) who was killed on January 20, 2006, at a house party by some teen bullies. He was 16 years old. “It takes billions of dollars to help families of kids who were victims of teen violence.”

Baron "Deuce" Braswell II September 29, 1990 - January 20, 2006 (Photo: Gwendolyn Braswell-Nash)
Awareness against Teen violence in memory of Baron “Deuce” Braswell II September 29, 1990 – January 20, 2006 (Photo: Gwendolyn Braswell-Nash)

Since the death of Deuce, Braswell- Nash has made it her mission to honor his memory, by taking part in activities her son would have enjoyed.  So she created a scholarship in Deuce’s name and built a run to raise money for the scholarship named for him.  “I participate in events like this [The Run, and the Zumbathons] because this time it was my son,” Braswell –Nash says.  “If I could share my voice with parents and students, whoever, maybe it would save another life.”

The Zumbathon is another vehicle to raise money for the scholarship.  Friend to the family, Dina Vales, was at the time a Group fitness director at the gym Gwen frequented.  “Dina wanted to bring awareness to her community.  “Zumba is such a big thing in our community,” says Vales of her contribution. “What better way to host a Zumbathon, and invite the community in to bring them an awareness of teen violence and to support the cause.”

The scholarship is available for seniors in the surrounding area.  Including, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties and the city of Fredericksburg.  Each Senior must show dedication to sports and show academic excellence.  They receive $1000, to go toward the college of their choice.

For more information on Teens Against Violence and how you may contribute to the scholarship visit

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