Community van donated in Roanoke to patrol for violence

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Just this past week Roanoke teenager Nick Lee was shot and killed in Northwest. A recent graduate of Patrick Henry High school, he was found lying behind a building Thursday.

His memorial services will be held Tuesday. Police are still gathering evidence and looking for the person responsible, however in the meantime the community continues to come together to find ways to fight back against the shootings.

The latest effort to stop violence has brought three local groups together: the activist group “The Peacemakers”, Goodwill, and Cuz’s Auto Shop in Salem. What do they all have in common? A van and a mission.

Goodwill donated a van to the activist group about a month ago. The van ran well, however the exterior was deeply in need of some work.

When William “Cuz” Wooding heard of the project he did not hesitate to offer up his services. Wooding experienced a break-in at his family home about 10 years ago. He says the feeling of encountering violence never goes away. He wanted to help.

The $9,000 damages now cost the Peacemakers nothing. President of the Peacemakers, Shawn Hunter, said they are extremely grateful and are going to use the van to patrol high crime areas all through the night. His hope is that the presence of the Peacemakers will be a deterrent.

The team at Cuz’s Auto Shop is almost done sanding, priming, and smoothing out the truck. Next step: paint and decals! They are hoping to be done by the end of the month and as soon as they are we will share before and after pictures.