GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Hundreds of people helped Light the Night Against Crime Thursday evening. Around 200 people took part in the 5K run at Calvin College, organized by Silent Observer.
The event is meant to bring attention to unsolved murders in West Michigan-- including the case of Janna Kelly, who disappeared in Grand Rapids in December 2007. Her body was found four months later in a Grand Haven Township field.
Janna's niece, Jennifer Stanton was at the 5K event. "In the beginning, we were shocked... it gets harder. You start to realize that somebody actually came and took her from her home and killed her... I can't imagine who would hurt her and why. We're not going to give up, and we're going to keep on going until this case is closed."
The Light the Night Against Crime 5K was also dedicated to solving two other cold cases: Erica Sevigny who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in April 2010, and Lee Priester who was shot and killed in July 2007.
WZZM 13's Brent Ashcroft emceed the event. Proceeds will go toward a victim memorial which will be dedicated on September 25-- which is the National Day of Remembrance and Hope.