Ashley HartOct 1, 2017, 1:37 pm

Annual 5K in Purchase honors sophomore murdered in 2005

Hundreds flood SUNY campus to remember Lindsey Bonistall and all victims of violent crimes

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Lindsey Bonistall was only a sophomore in college when she was murdered at the University of Delaware. On Sunday, hundreds honor her through a 5K walk.

Hundreds of shoes pounded the pavement throughout SUNY Purchase for a cause.

Bonistall was murdered in her off-campus housing apartment at the University of Delaware in 2005. In her honor, her parents created "Peace Outside Campus, The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation."

Kristen Bonistall Link, foundation co-founder and Lindsey's sister says, "If there could be one less crime, one less assault, one less terrible experience for a college student, we have done our job. Just by putting out the information."

The foundation is geared towards raising awareness about college safety. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual 5K Lindsey Run/Walk at SUNY Purchase.

"Beyond fundraising, it's a community awareness event,” says Bonistall Link. “We are giving out information, we are giving out knowledge. It's a dual event. Raise money, but also get the word out and provide information while people are here."

Hundreds flooded the campus to honor Lindsey and all victims of violent crimes.

Lindsey's mother Kathleen Cooney Bonistall says she hopes this walk helps to raise awareness on some of the issues facing college students today. "What we hope that people take from the walk today is a sense that they have a choice, “ she says. “They have a choice to make things better for themselves, for their students, for their families and friends. By sharing one safety tip or by just acknowledging or doing some research. "

Organizers say the money earned helps them to get through the year. All the proceeds from the walk goes into the community to help provide outreach programs to high schools and colleges and continue to raise awareness about college safety.

Kathleen says, "As long as crime exists, it exists in college campuses. We are hoping people walk away with a sense of knowing a little bit more about what resources are available to them.”

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