BROOKLYN, Iowa — Every year since Mollie Tibbetts’ homicide, mates, household, and the neighborhood of Brooklyn collect for Mollie’s Memorial run. This yr, after an extended three years of trial delays and appeals, the run had a unique feeling.
“We bought justice for our woman, we bought justice for our household, and we bought justice for the neighborhood,” Mollie’s cousin mentioned, addressing the group earlier than the runners took off.
This run was the primary occasion by Mollie’s basis since Christian Bahena Rivera was convicted of Tibbetts’ homicide in Could. Mollie first went lacking in late August of 2018.
Scott Cummings had been captivated by her story since information first broke of her disappearance, all the way in which in Indiana. Since then, he has run 188 races in her reminiscence, at all times in his “Miles for Mollie” gear.
“Each race I do, I do for Mollie Tibbetts, I do it in her reminiscence, however I do it for the household too,” he mentioned.
Regardless of by no means figuring out her personally, Cummings feels related to her and desires to maintain her story alive any manner he can. For him, that is by way of their shared ardour – working.
“I began working as a result of she was a runner, and I preferred to run,” he mentioned.
Though the prison case is closed, Mollie’s story continues previous the courtroom. Her basis and run are donating half of the funds raised in direction of the Xavior Harrelson search fund. Xavior Harrelson is an 11-year-old Montezuma boy who went lacking practically 4 months in the past, solely 15 miles out from Mollie’s hometown of Brooklyn.
For the primary time in three years, Mollie Tibbett’s household can lastly run free, figuring out justice has been served.
“You encourage us every single day together with your immense braveness, kindness, and spirit. We love you, we miss you,” mentioned Tibbett’s cousin, as she addressed Mollie, “as a result of we all know she’s right here.”