[Video] WHY I CARRY: GA Family Releases Photos of Woman Mercilessly Beaten on Trail

August 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun uses, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories also serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to carry everyday.

Tina Waddell, 42, was brutally attacked on Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail. Now the family is releasing photos of her following the attack to serve a warning for others. Waddell remains in intensive care.

According to Fox Atlanta,

“It was awful,” said Peter Skott who found the woman. “Her head was just disfigured.”

Investigators say Waddell was jumped while walking on the bridge over Academy Drive and Vernoy Aiken Road. She was then dragged into the woods and was severely beaten about the head and face. The victim was left in the woods and later was able to make her way back to the trail where Skott spotted her.

Waddell could only identify her attacker as being a white male with dark hair.

Based on the description of the attack, it sounds like a firearm and proper training could have certainly caused things to go much differently.

For those not familiar with the area, according to it’s Wikipedia entry,

The Silver Comet Trail is a paved, multi-use, recreational trail in western Georgia.

The Silver Comet Trail is a rail trail and is named for the Silver Comet passenger train that used the same route from 1947 to 1969. It begins in Smyrna, Georgia, runs west through Paulding and Polk counties, and connects with Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail at the Georgia-Alabama border.

As of September 2008, the entire 61.5-mile (99 km) Silver Comet Trail was paved and open for riding. The Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails join to form one continuous 94-mile (151 km) trail from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama. Additionally, the Cobb County Department of Transportation has built the Silver Comet Connector, a one-mile extension, to join the Silver Comet Trail with Highland Station, a shopping center at South Cobb Dr. and East-West Connector, Smyrna, Ga.

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