Six African American women have been killed in Edgecombe County since 2005. Three are still missing.
"It's worse than an all of the sudden accident; say for instance a car accident that's over right then," Jackie Wiggins mother of one of the women said. "It's taking every day one day at a time. In my case my daughter was missing for five months and every time my phone or door bell rang, I was hoping it was some news or my daughter and it wasn't, so I know their pain."
The group also held a cookout Saturday and gave away school supplies to children.
They're hoping fundraisers will generate enough money to keep billboards up about the cases and help hire a search team.