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Reported by Andrew Douglas

Hundreds turn out to remember murdered teacher

Hundreds of Mid-Southerners woke up early Saturday morning to pay tribute to a high school teacher murdered over the Thanksgiving holiday last year.

More than five hundred people took part in the 5k charity event this Saturday morning in memory of Ashley Scott.  Many of them wore a special shirt in honor of a fallen teacher, who touched so many and died at the hands of her husband.

"Ms. Scott always lived the dash," said Brooke Wideman, a junior at Bolton High School.  "The dash is between when you were born and when you died, and that's all that matters how you lived your dash."  
 
Living the dash made a lasting impression with the Bolton Lady Soccer team, who made the shirts featuring the slogan.  Teammates also decorated one of their cars,celebrating Ms Scott's upbeat and colorful personality
 
"She always wore a tiara to school, and the boas...she loved feather boas," Wideman said.    
 
"She always cared about you and what you were thinking and how you were," said Sarah Vennemann, a senior at Bolton. "She always put the student first."   
 
Ashley Scott died on Thanksgiving Day in 2006. Investigators say her husband Jeffery Scott beat her, then made her sleep in the garage. Less than 24 hours later, she was dead.  The cause of death according to the autopsy was "multiple injuries as a result of a beating."
 
Saturday's 5K run and walk benefited the YWCA Abused women's shelter, which helps women in abusive relationships. It was a message Ashley Scott's students wanted to make clear.

"If one of these kids gets in a situation and they look back and they think about Ashley Scott, and they get out of it, then she didn't die in vain," said Bolton Principal David Stephens.

Scott's husband Jeffrey is expected to stand trial for the death of his wife.   A grand jury indicted Jeffrey Scott on first degree murder charges earlier this week.


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