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Runners urged to ‘get out there’ in memory of Mollie Tibbetts

Runners urged to ‘get out there’ in memory of Mollie Tibbetts

Runners across the country are pounding the pavement in memory of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts — through a social media campaign launched in the wake of her death.

The hashtag #MilesforMollie has popped up across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as runners lace up in memory of the 20-year-old murder victim.

“I will NOT let fear overcome me when running, but you better believe I’m having too much fun shopping for a pink knife & pink pepper spray for my running belt. #MilesForMollie,” posted Twitter user Chelsea, using the handle @sunnysprinkle.

Instagram user @hungryforrunch posted that she confronted a man who cat-called her while on a run — with Tibbetts in mind.

“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, he didn’t know that tonight, like many other runners, I was running for Mollie,” she posted. “Someone who went out for a run and didn’t return home. Stay safe out there friends. Don’t let pigs like his ruin what you love.”

Another Twitter user, @ChrissiRuns, urged her runners to “get out there” and run in Tibbetts’ memory on Sunday.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told KCCI 8 that the campaign was a good idea.

“Any time you can take a positive message and overrun the trolls out there who have something negative to say, that’s a good thing,” Parizek told the station.

Tibbetts’ body was found Tuesday, more than a month after she had vanished. Preliminary autopsy reports show that she died of “multiple sharp force injuries,” according to multiple reports. The manner of death was declared a homicide, according to the state medical examiner.

Investigators believe Cristhian Rivera, who they say is an undocumented immigrant, abducted Tibbetts when he saw her out on a run on July 18, when she first went missing.

Published at Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:21:43 +0000