Brooklyn, Iowa—Since the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, Brooklyn friends, family, and communities have come together to attend Mollie’s memorial every year. This year, after three years of trial delays and appeals, this campaign has a different feeling.
“We have done justice for our girls, we have done justice for our families, we have done justice for the community,” Molly’s cousin told the crowd before the runners took off.
This is the first event organized by the Molly Foundation since Christian Bahena Rivera was convicted of the murder of Tibbets in May this year. Molly disappeared for the first time in late August 2018.
Since news of her disappearance in Indiana was first reported, Scott Cummings has been fascinated by her story. Since then, he ran 188 games in her memory, always wearing his “Miles for Mollie” gear.
“Every game I participate in, I do it for Mollie Tibbetts, I do it for her, but I do it for her family,” he said.
Although she never knew her personally, Cummings felt connected with her and wanted to keep her story alive in any way. For him, this is through their common passion-running.
“I started running because she is a runner and I like running,” he said.
Although the criminal case has been closed, Molly’s story continues in court. Her foundation and running activities donated half of the funds raised to the Xavior Harrelson Search Fund. Xavior Harrelson is an 11-year-old Montezuma boy who disappeared nearly four months ago, only 15 miles from Molly’s hometown of Brooklyn.
For the first time in three years, Molly Tibet’s family can finally get away with it because they know that justice has been served.
Tibet’s cousin said to Molly: “You inspire us with great courage, kindness and spirit every day. We love you and we miss you because we know she is here.”