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Jennifer Short Memorial Ride Raises Awareness


Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Bassett, VA - Hundreds came out Sunday for the 10th annual Jennifer Short Memorial Ride in Bassett. 

The ride marks 10 years since Michael, Mary, and Jennifer Short were found murdered. The ride started across the street from the home where the family once lived.

In the early years of this ride, proceeds went towards reward money, but now the ride raises money for others through the Jennifer Short Scholarship Program at Bassett High School. Family members say that's exactly what Jennifer would want to do; help others.

Jerry Short is Michael's brother, and Jennifer's Uncle. He has attended the ride every year.

"They are helping somebody else, through Jennifer, that's one good thing," said Short.

Jerry and his wife, Sarah, say they hope the ride raises awareness.

"It help's refresh people's memory. Maybe someone saw something and this will bring back a memory to them," said Jerry Short.

Sarah says 10 years had done little to lessen their heartache.

"The one that did it sees this on TV and knows what they did, and how the family feels. They took our loved one away from us," said Sarah Short.

More than 250 people participated in this year's ride, all with the hope that justice will come for the Short family. For many this hits just too close to home.

"It could be one of my nieces, and I hope it never happens, but you got crazy people out here in this world today," said Joey Hodges, who participated in the ride.

"If you're going to pay your money out for something you want it to be for something worthwhile, and I think this is worthwhile," said Shelia Lackey, who also participated in the ride.

After a time of prayer, the ride began across the street from the house where Michael and Mary's bodies were found. The memorial ride ended in Rockingham County, North Carolina, where Jennifer's body was found.

With heavy hearts, the Short family has high hopes, but is prepared for the worse.

"It's 10 years now, I think they are going to get by with it, which I hope they don't'," said Sarah Short.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office says leads are still coming in, and the reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case, has grown to more than $80,000.

If Jennifer were alive, she would be a college freshman this fall.

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