Thursday, October 05, 2006

PSA

The universe is conspiring against me this week and things have not been going well. Lots of annoyances to deal with re: house, car, dog...no time to blog!

I will share this one thing that I think is SO important. Last Friday a 45 year old woman was brutally murdered in one of the more affluent suburbs around here. She went out jogging alone on a public bike path and was attacked in broad daylight. She was beaten and strangled, and possibly raped (haven't heard yet if this is the case, though they did do a kit as part of her autopsy, so probably). Her body was found only 20 or 30 feet from the path, and they determined she was killed right there. She was the mother of 4 boys, I think ages 4-13. There was no reason for this senseless thing to happen. Ladies, PLEASE, do not go out running or walking alone. Take a friend with you. Or if there is no one to join you, at least go on very public roads, keep your music turned low, and pay attention to your surroundings. It is not worth leaving your husband/partner and children with no wife and mother, just to get some exercise! Please, please be careful out there.

5 comments:

Pam said...

Such a senseless tragedy. Thank you for the reminder. I stupidly ran alone this morning at zero-dark thirty and I know better - you are absolutely right. It's not worth it and I can't imagine what she must have gone through.

Grab a buddy when running before sunrise or go to the gym and watch the sunrise from your treadmill.

Not addicted to running? Even better, grab some coffee and watch the sunrise from your couch:)

Scoutj said...

I am literally about to go run right now and this scares the shit out of me....but I am always careful.

Such a sad story. Ugh.

Karen said...

That is so sad. Whenever I see women (or men) running or biking with headphones on I always wonder if it's a safe thing to do.

HangerMom said...

When I was running this summer, I used to think to myself, if someone jumped out at my right now, would I have the breath left to take off and try to get away? Because I was such a slow runner to start with, it always made me nervous. I totally avoided the bike paths and tried to stick to sidewalks in busy areas. But still, you can't be too careful. It's a crazy world out there these days. I'm afraid to listen to the news because of what horrible thing I might hear next!

tam said...

Clearly we need to pray for this womans family...

If her death served as a reminder to even one woman(it seems as it there are more) to be more aware and do not go alone...then it would be my guess that her death is without complete vain,

Thanks for the reminder that we must ALWAYS be aware...exercising or not.