Family hosts 2nd annual 5K for domestic violence victim

Proceeds from run go to Kristine Meza Foun­dation, Battered Women's Shelter

It's been more than two years since a San Antonio woman fell victim to domestic violence. On Saturday, her family, friends and the community are honoring her memory with the 2nd Annual Stop the Silence, End the Violence 5K Run/Walk.

On Feb. 11, 2011, Kristine Meza was in her driveway on her way to work when she was ambushed, shot and killed by her estranged ex-boyfriend.

Meza's sister, Jessica Meza, along with other family members and friends wanted to put together a foundation that would not only honor Kristine Meza, but would also help other victims of domestic violence.

"We decided to turn something so dark and negative into something positive," said Jessica Meza. "We wanted to have these events, we wanted to start the foundation to start that movement and create that awareness."

Meza said Saturday that in some way, the annual Stop the Silence, End the Violence 5K Run/Walk gives the family some peace.

"We are overwhelmed at all the people that came out to support the cause in memory of sister," said Meza.

Even for participants who never met Kristine Meza, they said the message really hits home.

"This is a really good cause," said Desiree Canela, a runner. "A lot of people showed up last year. Even more people showed up this year and I'm proud to be a part of it."

The Kristine Meza Foundation is also partnered with the Battered Women's Shelter. Part of the proceeds from the run will also go there.

Jessica Meza said Saturday through the race and the foundation, they are hoping they will be able to inspire some strength and hope in those living in fear right now.

For more information, you can check the foundation's Facebook page or Web site by clicking here.

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