Community honors 2011 mass murder victims through Fifth Third River Bank Run

Posted at 5:38 AM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 05:39:07-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 39th annual Fifth Third River Bank run took place in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday morning, drawing thousands of people to participate and watch.

Included in those thousands was the 'Running for Jenny' campaign. It's made up of friends and family of the victims of a mass murder in Grand Rapids back in July of 2011.

One of the victims was Jennifer Heeren who was shot and killed by her estranged husband.

Police say this entire incident was sparked by domestic violence and that the community teamed up with Safe Haven Ministries to create the campaign and help raise money and awareness for domestic violence survivors.

This is their fifth year participating in the Fifth Third River Bank Run and they plan to return next year.  Jennifer's cousin, April Heeren, says "she's proud of her whole family for doing this and she think it's a positive thing to help the community recognize how big of an issue domestic violence really is."

For more information on Safe Haven Ministries you can head to their website here.