200 take part in 'Courage Walk' Saturday in Jefferson County

GOLDEN, Colo. - About 200 people showed up for Saturday's Courage Walk in Jefferson County, an annual event to honor the courage of victims of crime. Among them, Sarah Ridgeway, the mother of 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway who was kidnapped and murdered while on her way to school. It was the first time Ridgeway attended the Courage Walk.

"The victim advocates have been life savers to us. They supported us and we’re going to support them too," said Ridgeway.

Ridgeway, surrounded by her family along with Jessica’s dog Bristle, wore their "Remembering Jessica Ridgeway" shirts to honor her daughter.  Jessica’s grandmother said the victim advocates have become part of their family and being at the walk is giving back what they received.

"Tragedies happen. They're not always murder like in our family or some of the other ones here but advocates, policemen, they support us," said Christine Ridgeway, Jessica’s grandmother.

This is the 21st annual Courage Walk.

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