A local running store and local runners have organized memorial runs for 24-year-old Lauren Bump, who was found murdered along the running paths of O.P. Schnabel Park on Tuesday afternoon.
No one at We Run San Antonio, a new, local running store, ever met Bump.
"It's not someone that was part of our run group and doesn't appear to be a runner of any other group," said store manager Edgar Gonzalez.
But he said they all feel a strong connection to the O'Connor High School graduate who was found stabbed to death along a running trail at O.P. Schnabel Park.
Using social media, the owners of the store asked that runners across the area run a "silent mile" to begin each run this weekend in memory of Bump.
Already, they've received a higher than usual number of responses for their pair of weekend runs that begin at their shop.
"Wherever you're running, wherever you're at, whatever group you're a part of, if you can dedicate some part of your training run, a some time, a moment a mile to Lauren, that would be a good thing," he said.
Another local runner has organized a tribute run at the park on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and expects at least 90 people to attend.
Friends of Bump have also organized a fund for her family with a goal of $18,000. The fund began Thursday afternoon and by 4 p.m. Friday, had nearly reached its goal.
Gonzalez added that they are in talks with the the Braundera YMCA about having a runner safety clinic in the next few weeks.