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Hundreds turn out for the Short Ride
Teddy bears adorn the sign for the Jennifer Short Memorial Bridge on Grogan Road in Rockingham N. C. as riders walk up to the bridge after the Short Ride on Sunday.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Hundreds of people turned out for the 12th annual Jennifer Short Memorial Scholarship Bike/Car Ride on Sunday.
Motorcyclists, drivers and other supporters continued to pour into the parking lot at WZBB 99.9 radio station on U.S. 220 North just before the riders left at 1 p.m.
They traveled south on U.S. 220 into North Carolina, gathering at the Jennifer Renee Short Memorial Bridge, near where the girl’s remains were found in 2002. Members of the Martinsville chapter of the Star City Mustang and Ford Club tied teddy bears to the railings on the bridge “to do something to make Jennifer smile,” said Randy Hundley of the club.
Jennifer’s parents, Mary and Michael Short, were found shot to death in their Oak Level home on Aug. 15 of that year. Jennifer was presumed abducted by her parents’ killer or killers, and her remains were found several weeks later in Rockingham County.
No arrests have been made in the case.
The annual ride raises funds for scholarships at Bassett High School, which Jennifer would have attended. It also keeps the case in front of the public in the hope that it will spark some information or lead that will result in an arrest, officials said.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry told the riders Sunday that the case remains active, and his office is pursuing new suggestions on the investigation.
“We pray that this year you will bring the case forward,” he added in a blessing on the ride.