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5K race held in memory of one couple killed in a car accident

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: May 04 2013 10:41:06 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Hundreds of people came out to Red Bud Park to run for a purpose, Spencer LaBrie, 19, and Jillian Thomas, 27. The 5K run was called, "Jogging For Jillian, Sprinting for Spencer."

The couple was killed in a car accident in November on South 14th and Danville Drive. Police said LaBrie didn't stop at a flashing red light. His truck was broadsided by another vehicle. LaBrie and Thomas were taken to Hendrick Medical Center in critical condition. Both were pronounced dead shortly after.

Their mothers have come together to support one another and cope with their loss. Almost 250 people registered for the race.

"It's overwhelming," said Reda Thomas. "We're just so blessed see how many people, you know, the lives that they touched."

Jillian's mother Reda placed a single cross at the crash scene. She said it's a small reminder that brings her comfort.

"My strength comes from The Lord," said Thomas. "I mean that's the only thing that has gotten me through this. It's from him. I have moments and everything but that's where I draw my strength from."

Spencer's mother Jennifer LaBrie said, "It's comforting to know that so many people love Jillian and Spencer and that's whats making it easier for us to know that do many people lived them. We just really, really appreciate the time that their spending with us today. "It's a beautiful day and its a good way to remember them."

The event raised more than $5,000. All proceeds will go to memorials and scholarships in both LaBrie and Thomas' names.