Friends say Terri "Missy" Bevers built her life around three cornerstones: family, fitness and helping others. Her legacy will continue for a second year with the now-annual "Downtown Dash" held in her honor.
The 5K, fun run and community event, hosted by the Salvation Army of Ellis County and local Camp Gladiator classes, takes place on the Historic Downtown Waxahachie square this Saturday, Nov. 4. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Waxahachie — an organization Bevers often volunteered for, said Camp Gladiator director and friend, Renee Jones.
“We want to celebrate the work Missy did that many people don’t know about,” Jones previously told the Mirror. “[...] The run is in honor of Missy and her love for kids. The run is a continuation of the work we had started before her tragic death."
Bevers, a wife and mother of three, was murdered inside the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian between 4—5 a.m. on April 18, 2016. Midlothian Police have still not made an arrest or ruled out any potential suspects.
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Waxahachie provides afterschool programs that include homework assistance, arts and crafts, reading, a game room and sports for children 5 — 14 years old from 2 — 6 p.m, according to the organization’s website.
Jones has served on the board for the Ellis County Salvation Army for about five years as the chair of community relations. She said, getting involved in community service is something that she encourages all her Camp Gladiator instructors to do.
“When Missy first came aboard Camp Gladiator, I was telling her about the community service I did and the Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army was one she really latched onto and said how can I get involved,” Jones remembered.
Funds raised through the races will support the Boys and Girls Clubs operated by the Salvation Army, Jones said. Money can be used for camp scholarships, to stock the food pantry that provides snacks and dinner for children who attend, music education, tutoring or many other programs the club offers students from several Ellis County cities.
In addition to the run, the event will include a live DJ and vendors, Jones noted.
The fun run begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the 5K is $35, while the fun run costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids. There is also an option to register online at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127820. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.
There will also be a few day-of registration spots available.
THE SEARCH CONTINUES
According to a Daily Light article published May 20, 2016, Midlothian Police have learned from the forensic reconstruction of the security tape provided by Creekside Church that the suspect is between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-7 and appears to be light complected.
Midlothian Assistant Police Chief Kevin Johnson later told the Mirror and Daily Light that during the investigation the department has learned members of the public could have potentially witnessed something, even the smallest out-of-place fact, and not reported it to authorities.
“It is our sincere belief that Missy’s killer will be caught through collaboration with the public. We believe that somebody who has not yet come forward may have that vital piece of information they have thus far withheld,” Johnson added. “We implore members of the public to please contact the Midlothian Police Department, regardless of how insignificant they may think their information may be.”
Oak Farms Dairy and SWFA Outdoors have previously each offered $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for Bevers' death.
Individuals with information about the case can contact the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-3333. The department is located at 1150 N. U.S. Highway 67 in Midlothian. Anyone with information can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS.