San Bernardino, CA
On Saturday, fourteen-year-old Terrance Spears ran the Victory Outreach 5K Run 4 Hope through Whittier Narrows Park.
Spears, an eighth-grader at Serrano Middle School in Highland decided to train for and run the 5K event in memory of his cousin, twelve-year-old Jason Spears—lost to gun violence nearly six months ago.
On March 15, the young cousins walked to the Circle K store on Highland Avenue and Orange to purchase some treats. As they approached their destination, a gunman opened fire on them. Though Terrance managed to run to safety inside the store his young cousin was shot and killed. The murder remains unsolved.
On Saturday, Terrance did not run alone. In the months since his cousin’s murder he has formed a strong friendship with neighbor, 15-year-old Josiah Duarte who in support of his new friend, trained and ran the race with Spears.