Southern New Englanders share concerns following Eliza Fletcher’s death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Runners in Rhode Island are on edge following the tragic death of Memphis teacher, Eliza Fletcher.

Police said Fletcher was kidnapped and murdered while out for a run last week.

“It’s just so crushing to think that that could have an impact on the running community itself and on people and people have to be fearful of that,” Robb McCoy, who’s a runner and owner of FIT Challenge, said.

“This infuriates me because I am very passionate about women’s safety and about women not becoming the victim,” Christina Rondeau, owner of Rondeau’s Kickboxing in Johnston and a reality self-defense instructor, said.

The story made national headlines and many Rhode Islanders ABC 6 News spoke with said they usually run alone but now are reconsidering.

And it’s not just in urban settings where these kinds of dangers can present themselves. It can happen anywhere, to anyone.

“It’s always a reminder that we really need to tune in on what’s going on around us and that no one is safe from a violent attack,” Rondeau said.

Rondeau said it’s important to know how to give yourself a fighting chance.

“You don’t want to live in fear, but it is very important to be aware and you need to learn that you have seconds to react,” she said.

Local security experts echoing that statement, saying, it’s important to be vigilant no matter what setting or time of day.

“That whether its daytime, whether it’s in evening setting, it doesn’t matter, we have to recognize who might be a threat,” Todd McGhee, law enforcement and security analyst said.

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