SAN ANTONIO -- While San Antonio Police were putting a man behind bars in connection to the murder investigation of Lauren Bump, 24, the community was coming together to honor Lauren with two memorial runs.
“What’s getting us through this is how people have been touched by this. We have received hundreds and hundreds of messages sent to us of how she (Lauren) touched their lives. We’re just so grateful, I just feel so privileged to have been her father,” said Lauren’s father, John Bump as he addressed a group of runners early Saturday morning.
John Bump was addressing the runners at the store We Run San Antonio. The store organized the first run to honor his daughter.
Childhood friend, Allison Smith, also showed up to remember Lauren who was known for helping others, including underprivileged children in other countries.
“I find it to be so touching that she wanted to help other people and in other countries that couldn’t afford proper medical care. I wish I could’ve been more like her,” said Smith.
As runners hit the pavement, family members continued to thank community members for their support. And as darkness turned to light the second run was underway at O.P. Schnabel Park, where Lauren’s life was tragically cut short. Dozens of people showed up to run and honor Lauren, even if they never knew her.
“It makes me feel amazing because you see what an affect she had on people,” said Lauren’s best friend Gabriella Jimenez. “People didn’t even know her and they’re here today supporting her. It just shows how her love is still going on, her spirit is still here.”