Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — Dozens of motorcycle riders will hit the highway this weekend to remember a local teen who died far too young. Jennifer Crecente passed away in 2006 when she was just 18 years old. She didn't die from a childhood disease, she wasn't killed in a car wreck, she was murdered by her boyfriend.
A motorcycle run on Sunday is aimed at raising money to help fund teen dating awareness efforts, so that deaths like Jennifer's can be prevented.
"Losing my granddaughter was the worst thing i've ever experienced in my life and i don't want anyone to have to go through this. My son was actually the one that started researching this, even though i'm a psychologist, and he really found out how prevalent this was," said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Jennifer's grandmother.
Studies show 44 percent of women will be in a an abusive relationship by the time they graduate college. The first annual Jennifer Ann's motorcycle run will start at Barnett Harley Davidson at 10 a.m. on Sunday. It costs $10.