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Staunton News Leader 08/17/2014Page : B01
Copyright © 2014 Staunton News Leader 08/17/2014August 17, 2014 6:24 pm / Powered by TECNAVIA
STAUNTON
MellissaShif-flett was shocked when sheheard the news of her formerclassmate’s tragic death inJuly.Although the two weren’ttheclosestoffriends,sheandJordanSkaggshadspentthreeyears sitting next to each oth-er in chorus while at Fort De-fianceHighSchool,startingin1998.Skaggs was shot and killedinherNorthCarolinahomeonJuly 13, allegedly by her hus-band,ChristopherSkaggs.Shifflett felt she needed todo something to raise aware-nessaboutdomesticviolence.She decided to run the Vir-ginia Mudderella, a five- toseven-mile muddy obstaclecourse, on Sept. 20 in MineraltobenefitFuturesWithoutVi-olence, a nonprofit organiza-tion that helps prevent vio-lenceagainstwomen,childrenandfamilies.“I think (domestic vio-lence) is more of a taboo sub-jectalotofpeo-ple turn theirheads to,” Shif-flettsaid.The inaugu-ral race hap-penedlastyearin Pennsylva-nia and hasmaintained themantraof"OwnYour Strong," said RachaelSmith Fals, senior vice presi-dent of Futures Without Vio-lence.“Itisanimportantmessagefrom a prevention standpointforthegeneralpublic,encour-aging women to discover and
Staunton woman to runin Mudderella in honorof violence victim
ByLauraPeters
lpeters@newsleader.com
Shifflett
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