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Support, events grow to honor killed jogger

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

There are even more ways to show your support for a Hanover jogger killed by a suspected DUI driver. A Central Virginia company just created t-shirts to support the family of Meg Menzies. It's just one of several local efforts underway as the community shows it cares.

River's Edge Elementary is the site of one of many events in our area for joggers and anyone to gather this weekend.  In another effort, more than $10,000 have been raised in just two days in a t-shirt fundraiser to support the victim's family as the Meg Menzies story is now being heard nationwide.

Wednesday, the jogger's tragic death was a topic of huge interest on a national runner's podcast.

"We never want to hear something that were going to talk about in the next few minutes and that's the loss of a runner," the announcer said.

As the nation learns of the Hanover mother and wife killed while jogging - Central Virginians are racing to show their support.

"She had a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody and she just had the most beautiful soul," said Menzies' former classmate Sabrina Civils.

Civils is organizing a t-shirt fundraiser. Starting at $15, anyone can go purchase a t-shirt that says "Meg Smiles". Proceeds will benefit Menzies' police officer husband and their children.

Investigators say Primary Care Doctor Michael Carlson struck Menzies as he drove Monday morning on Patrick Henry Road in Hanover. Menzies was running at the time. Court documents show Carlson had beer, and prescription drugs inside his car - including drugs commonly used to treat cancer patients.

"Raise awareness for drunk driving and also for the running and walking community to be aware and know they have to have safety when being outdoors," said Adina Nickerson describing the run at River's Edge.

Although Nickerson didn't know Menzies, she's calling all runners to join her Saturday at 9 am at the school to honor her in a 3 mile run.

"We're going to have runners, walkers, cyclists of all ages, all activity levels…This is a wonderful community where everybody stands together and supports one another," she said.

When NBC 12 crews visited Carlson's house Wednesday, he was jogging himself. He had nothing to say and those around him asked our crews to leave.

Family and friends will come together this Friday for Menzies' funeral service at 11 am at Cool Spring Baptist Church on Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville.

Click here for a list of events and ways to support the victim's family.

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