(HUTCHINSON, Kan.)—After almost two weeks, the murder of Jennifer Heckel remains a mystery. The 27-year-old was found shot to death inside her Hutchinson home. Police are still investigating but Sunday her family and friends got involved. They hope purple ribbons bring justice for Jenny.
"I want to welcome and thank you all for coming and your support," Heckel's aunt Sonya Weekley told a crowd of about 200 standing in the heat. But the triple digit temperatures didn't matter, everyone here came for the same reason. "If you have not gotten a pin, the pins will be up here," Weekley reminded everyone.
Many wore purple and pinned to their shirts a pictures of a smiling face. "Jenny was a sweet and loving person." But Jennifer Heckel was taken from her loved ones too soon. "We just don't understand who would want to do that, that question being answered is important for a lot of us," said her friend Maggi Sontag. After putting pins on their shirts, they grabbed purple ribbons and started walking with a mission. "We hope whoever did this will come to justice," said another friend Ashley Schroder.
Heckel's husband and parents went first, tying ribbons at her home. Other's followed along her street, hoping each pop of purple will help bring her justice. "We're hoping it makes people think about those little things they may have heard or seen that night, " said her uncle Troy Weekley. He says any little detail may be enough to help police figure out who took the woman they all loved. "She was a great girl, a great friend and will be greatly missed," Schroder said.
Hutchinson police say they have no suspects in Heckel's death, but have said they don't believe it was a random crime. Heckel was married for less than two years and had a five year old son.