NORTH DELTA — The third annual Laura Szendrei Walk, Run and Roll will be held this coming Sunday, nearly two weeks before the young man who killed the North Delta teenager will be sentenced in Surrey provincial court.
This year's fundraiser will begin at 11 a.m. at Burnsview secondary, where the 15-year-old girl attended school. It, like in previous years, is staged to raise money for the Laura Szendrei Memorial Scholarship Foundation Society, a scholarship exclusive to Delta students, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Wendy Colville, an organizer of the run, noted the number of participants varies every year. The first event, held in April 2011, saw roughly 2,500 people brave cold and rainy weather to raise $65,000 for the scholarship.
Some 1,200 participated in the second event, held in May 2012, raised $25,000.
"We're thinking 500 to 1,000 people" will participate this year, Colville anticipates. "We're hoping that the weather keeps up."
Check-in for the five and 10 kilometre walks will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, at the school. Pre-registration is being held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night this week, except Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, inside the lobby of Sungod swimming pool. Check www.lswalkrunroll.com for information, including route maps.
Meanwhile, Justice Robin Baird will reveal on Oct.18 whether the North Delta teen's killer, whose identity is shielded by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, will be sentenced as a youth or as an adult.
He was not quite 18 when he murdered Szendrei, in September 2010. The court heard he struck her over the head at least three times with a metal pipe as she struggled to escape from him along a path in North Delta's Mackie Park.
If he's sentenced as an adult the young man, now 21, will be sentenced to life in prison without eligibility to apply for parole for seven years. If sentenced as a youth, he faces a seven-year sentence, with a maximum four of those years to be served in prison and the remainder in the community, under supervision.
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