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Runners to honor the memory of Amanda Price

Amanda Price (left) took up running with friends in 2011. Amanda Price (left) took up running with friends in 2011.

(WMC-TV) - A random act of cold blooded violence has inspired an outpouring of Mid-South compassion and unity.

It's all to honor a woman named Amanda Price, whose murder in New Albany, Mississippi last December changed her community in profound ways.

This weekend, more than 16,000 people will unite for the Amanda Price Memorial 5K Run-Walk, the biggest running event New Albany has ever seen.

It's been three months since police said a man intent on robbing the Price home shot and killed Amanda Price as she let out the family dog.

"I'm just so thankful she was mine and that I had the opportunity to be with her and to know her, to love her, and to call her my wife," said her husband Ron Price.

Many have tried to help New Albany football coach Ron Price and the couple's daughter through the heartbreak of Amanda Price's death.  She was the speech pathologist for all New Albany schools.

Someone remembered Amanda Price took up running just last year with a group from their church.

"The little group got bigger and bigger, because they were bringing people in," said Ron Price.  "I'm so excited the community has decided to do this race in her honor."

The Amanda Price Memorial 5K will raise money for a scholarship fund, as well as a non-profit agency Survival, Inc.

The agency paid Amanda Price's funeral expenses.

Her family said caring individuals from Survival, Inc. call or text regularly to check on them.

"It's been unbelievable, the love and the support our community has shown us through this difficult time," said Ron Price.  "It's not just one or two, it's been the entire community."

Amanda Price ran in five 5K events in her first year of taking up the sport.  Her funeral was one of the largest in Union County's history.

Now, the Amanda Price 5K will unite the community again around the memory or a mother, wife, and friend whose smile touched so many hearts.

"You know, I just hope it's going to be a special event," said Ron Price.  "I know it's going to be a special event.  The Lord is going to bless it.  You know, we just need to get the word out."

To learn more about the Amanda Price Memorial 5K, click here.

To register for the race, click here.

For more information, you can also contact Phillip Laney by e-mail or call 662-316-7312.

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