Speaking publicly for the first time, Jessica Ridgeway's mother wanted to focus not on the killer or the circumstances surrounding Jessica's murder, but the work inspired by the crime.
DENVER - When the mother of murder victim Jessica Ridgeway got her chance to face her daughter's killer in court this week, she said just three sentences to him.
"I'm actually not going to say anything today, I don't think the defendant has the right to hear how he affected me, my family or who Jessica was," Sarah Ridgeway said to Austin Sigg.
Instead, she said she plans to concentrate on Jessica and Jessica's legacy.
"Once we walk out of this courtroom, we'll not remember his name, we'll only remember Jessica and the legacy she created and the Lassy project in which she inspired," Sarah Ridgeway said.
The Lassy Project is an app that allows parents to create different routes that their kids commonly take such as walking to school or going to a friend's house. If the child strays from the designated path, then an alert is immediately sent to the parents phone.
"The Lassy Project is a mixture of GPS, crowdsourcing, and SMS technology to ensure if your child is not where they are supposed to be, you're notified immediately," said John Guydon, Founder of The Lassy Project
The parent can then choose to call the child and investigate. If the child is safe, the parent can dismiss the alert. But if there is a problem and the child goes missing, the parent can push a single button to activate "The Village" -- a group of local community members -- to begin search efforts as soon as possible near the child's last known location.
"Getting a message out in seconds to hundreds of individuals right near the area could make the difference between finding the child and not finding the child," said Guydon.
The Lassy Project launched on the one year anniversary of Jessica's disappearance. Sarah Ridgeway now works for the company.
Parents can download the free app to activate the system. Community members can join the Lassy Project by visiting www.TheLassyProject.com and clicking 'Join The Village'.
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