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Murdered Jogger's Son Speaks Out
BLENDON TOWNSHIP (Ben Garbarek) -- Friends and family went back to the scene where a jogger was stabbed and killed Sunday.
A vigil was held to remember 55 year-old Jane Juergens. She was stabbed 26 times at Ridgewood Park after she went for a run.
This is the first time her son has come back to the park since his mother's death.
"As bad as I want to stay at home and lay in bed, it just wasn't my mom's way," her son Andy Juergens said. "She would have want me here."
Many people brought flowers to the park. Everyone packed together in the cold holding candles. That's something her son thinks Juergens would have found amusing.
"I can promise you now, she's sitting up there looking down and she's laughing that we're out here freezing our butts off," he said.
Andy Juergens talked about the special bond he had with his mom and the quirky sense of humor the two shared. Other people got up to share their memories of Jane as well.
After the fond memories, Andy sent a strong message to his mother's killer.
"In my heart, I know she would have already forgiven the individual involved," he said. "But make no mistake, she wouldn't forget about it. Neither will I and I hope that no one else does."
Jordan Stewart, 16, is being charged with her murder. He was living in a group home nearby. He has a long history of violent outbreaks and mental illness.
At the end of the vigil, everyone in attendance rang a bell as a tribute to one of Jane's favorite movies, "It's a Wonderful Life" and the iconic line, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings".
"In her words, it starts with love," Andy Juergens said. "For everyone here, I hope it starts right now."
A petition has been started to rename Ridgewood Park and make it "Jane Juergens Memorial Park".
Her funeral will be October 27th at Moreland Funeral Home on Schrock Road. Visitation will be from 1pm-3pm. Her funeral will start at 4pm.