5K run to remember murdered friends in Temple

Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin
Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin(KWTX)
Published: May. 17, 2019 at 11:10 PM CDT
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A memorial 5K run is set for Saturday to remember two longtime friends, Michael Swearingin and Jenna Scott.

"This is a place where Jenna and Michael spent time together,” said Jenna’s father, Jonathan Scott, in describing Pepper Creek Trail.

According to their parents, both Swearingin and Jenna Scott were on a path to a healthy lifestyle.

"They walked here, exercised here, they came here and they shared life experiences on this trail," Jonathan Scott said.

Debbie Harrison, Swearingin's mother, talked about the significance of the 5K on the trail.

"They would come out here and run. That's special, so that's why we're having it here," she said.

On Saturday, the two friends will be remembered on the same trail. Funds will go to a non-profit started in their memory, Priceless Beginnings.

"Priceless Beginnings is being established to provide a memorial so the legacy of Jenna and Michael lives on and that something positive comes out of a tragedy and that children in domestic violence situations have an opportunity to attend camps through scholarships that this money will provide," Jonathan Scott said.

For both parents, the memories of their children now living on by helping others.

"Trying to make something positive out of this nightmare we've had," Harrison said.

The community will get a chance Saturday to do what both friends loved doing: running on the trail.

"This means a lot to be in a place and give them a memorial walk like this," Jonathan Scott said.

Jenna Scott's ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, and Marks' girlfriend, Maya Maxwell, are both facing capital murder charges.

Registration will be available on-site Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. The run will start at 8:30 a.m.

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