Sweetwater, FL – The City of Sweetwater and Carlos Aguilar have joined forces with Vilma Castro, the mother of Jaclyn Torreabla, who was brutally murdered when she was 18 by a man she thought was her friend in 2009.
The 3rd Annual Run for Respect 5k run/walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, in the G Holmes Braddock High School field, 3601 SW 147th Avenue. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the run will start at 11 .am.
Guest speakers, including Carlos Aguilar and Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño will speak at 9 a.m., followed by a Sweetwater K-9 demonstration with Gunner – a blood hound donated to the City by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation whose keen sense of smell is used to find missing persons.
A warm-up is planned for 10 a.m., followed by the run/walk at 11 a.m.
Registration is $15 per person. Run for Respect helps to raise money for the Jaclyn Elisse Torrealba Scholarship, which is given to a Florida International University student, and for Love Is Respect, an organization which brings awareness to youth about the signs and dangers of unhealthy relationships.
Carlos Aguilar is the father of Christian Aguilar, the University of Florida teen whose murderer is suspected to be someone he thought was a close friend.
Torrealba’s murderer was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this year.