Local runners on edge after woman's death inside OP Schnabel Park

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by James Munoz, Joe Conger & Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 9:54 AM

 SAN ANTONIO -- The local running community remains on edge after the death of a young woman at a popular northwest-side park.

 The body of 24-year-old Lauren Bump was discovered New Year's Eve along a trail in O.P. Schnabel Park.  She suffered multiple sharp-force injuries, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.
 
Since Bump's death, runners along the park's popular trails have remained vigilant and kept a close eye to their surroundings.
 
"This tragic circumstance has really shaken a lot of runners up in our community. We are a tight-knit running community," said Edgardo Gonzalez, a running coach with We Run San Antonio.
 
Police presence has increased at O.P. Schnabel Park as the investigation continues, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
 
"Since the murder occurred, we've provided an increased visibility in the park, and we're going to continue to do that just to keep people at ease," said SAPD Chief  McManus.
 
On Thursday, Chief McManus said SAPD had not yet zeroed in on a suspect. 
 
In Bump's honor, We Run San Antonio urged area runners this weekend to dedicate a mile in silence as a memorial tribute to the young woman. Runners will meet at We Run San Antonio in the 23000 block of I-10 West at 6:30 a.m. to run the silent mile.  
 
Despite the recent tragedy, area runners said they are not shying away from the park. Some have called Gonzalez's store to join a running group. 
 
"We're getting phone calls and emails about people wanting to run with a group now because they're afraid of running alone because they've been used to running on their own and now they don't feel safe doing that," Gonzalez said. 
 
The store is also offering self-defense classes. 
 
"One is to not live in fear, this is the most important thing because my family and I come to this park all the time," said Kevin Williams, a self-defense instructor.
 
As San Antonio police continue their investigation, Lauren Bump's family offered a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.  They are directing anyone with a lead to call SAPD.  
 
Church services will be held on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Bump will be laid to rest at a later date in a private ceremony. 
 
A memorial fund has also been set up in Lauren Bump's.  You can donate to the family by clicking here or sending a check to Frost Bank:

Lauren Bump Memorial Fund
Frost Bank
100 W. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX  78205.

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