Jacobs to help set up Adrianne Leigh Reynolds Foundation
Sen. Mike Jacobs met with the family of murder victim Adrianne Reynolds and emerged to announce the formation of a foundation designed to... well, here's the story from WQAD.
A two-hour meeting between the family of slain teenager Adrianne Reynolds and State Senator Mike Jacobs resulted in plans for the Adrianne Leigh Reynolds Foundation to try and target and curb teenaged violence and threats.Another foundation/committee/panel in response to a difficult problem. Let's hope this one accomplishes it's goals. It's an awfully tough goal to accomplish.
The 16-year-old from East Moline was murdered and dismembered last January. Two of her schoolmates, Cory Gregory and Sarah Kolb are charged with the crime and are awaiting trial.
Adrianne's father, step-mother and step-uncle asked for Thursday's meeting with Jacobs. After telling thier story, the lawmaker and Adrianne's family announced the proposed foundation, which is obviously still in the planning stages.
Her family says they learned after Adrianne's murder that Kolb had allegedly threatened Adrianne with a knife before, and had told other kids in thier alternative school that she was "going to kill Adrianne".
Adrianne's uncle Mike McCullom today says, "We need to create awarness, that when you hear somebody use the word kill, it should be taken as seriously as a threat against the President of the United States."
Tony Reynolds, Adrianne's father, said fellow students knew about the threats, but says had and his wife were in the dark. "[Kolb] basically blasted it over the loud speakers that she was going to kill Adrianne, but nobody did nothing."
The ALR foundation would be funded privately through donations. Jacobs says he will help and take an active role in its formation. "I would be remiss if I didn't do everything I can to help this family, they have touched my heart, Adrianne's life will mean nothing if we don't do something positive with this tragedy."
The foundation likely won't be launched until after the murder trials are over. Down the road, they may lobby to toughen up laws against threats.
Tony Reynolds says "I want to believe Adrianne's looking down on us knowing we're remembering her."