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Eliza Fletcher abduction: Local runners gather in Philadelphia to honor jogger kidnapped, killed in Memphis

PHILADELPHIA - A group of local runners went out on an early morning run in honor of Eliza Fletcher, the woman who was kidnaped in Memphis while out on a morning jog and later found dead. RELATED: Eliza Fletcher abduction: Body found near area of crime scene investigationThe runners gathered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a popular end location for runs and races, at 4:30 a.m., the same time Fletcher went out for her run one week ago. Authorities say the 34-year-old school teacher was jogging when a man approached her and forced her into an SUV. Her body was found and identified days later and Cleotha Abston, 38, was arrested. According to officials, he was released from prison in 2020 after serving 20 years for a previous kidnapping. The local runners hosted the run in an effort to support Fletcher and the run organizer Bennet Brookstein, who was attacked while out on a jog in Philadelphia on Christmas Day in 2021. FOX 29's Eddie Kadhim has the latest details on the assault of a runner on MLK Drive."It just hit me hard.

I'm on our local team here for Fairmount and I'm in other groups throughout the country and they supported me," Brookstein said. "Now I can give back as well and that's why I thought about this." MORE LOCAL HEADLINESMany of the runners expressed anger and frustration that Fletcher was blamed for her abduction because of the time of day she was running and because of her summer running attire. "It's very infuriating to think that she could be blamed for this.

She was just a mom and a teacher and somebody passionate about fitness trying to go about her day. It's very upsetting," Mary Kate Coyle said. 

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Multiple people hurt after shootings at Michigan State University, police say
shootings Monday night at Michigan State University, police said.On Twitter, university police said there appeared to be only one suspect, described as a “short male with a mask” and still at large.“We are still receiving multiple calls of an active shooter on campus,” police said.Police said victims were being transported to a local hospital. Read more: 1 dead, officer critically injured in shooting at Memphis library Read next: Part of the Sun breaks free and forms a strange vortex, baffling scientists Authorities ordered students and staff to shelter in place after a report of shots fired around Berkey Hall, an academic building, on the East Lansing campus.In an alert sent shortly after 8:30 p.m., campus police reported a “shots fired incident occurring on or near the East Lansing campus.” The alert advised students and staff to “Secure-in-Place immediately” and to monitor for information.By 10:15 p.m., police said Berkey, as well as nearby residence halls, were secured.Separately, police reported a shooting at IM East, a recreational center for students.Aedan Kelley, a junior who lives a half-mile (less than a kilometer) east of campus, said he locked his doors and covered his windows “just in case.” Sirens were constant, he said, and a helicopter hovered overhead.“It’s all very frightening,” Kelley said.