WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – More than a year after the death of Jessica Ridgeway, her influence lives on.
There’s a park in Westminster that bears the name of the 10-year-old who was kidnapped while walking to school and eventually killed, but that’s just the start of it.
“Jessica’s legacy is being a positive influence, doing kind things for others,” said Angee Perry, a friend of the Ridgeway family.
Through Jessica Ridgeway’s Legacy young girls can now go to cheerleading camp.
“It’s looking like that’s going to be at more than one locations next summer,” Perry said.
Ridgeway is also the inspiration behind “The Lassy Project,” which is a child tracking system inspired by Jessica’s story. It uses an app that maps a child’s typical routes through a phone’s GPS.
Jessica’s mother Sarah now works for the Lassy Project and believes it is part of her daughter’s legacy.
“She’s saying she wants to help other kids and make sure she doesn’t want other kids to go missing like her,” she said.
The Ridgeway case was the largest investigation ever for Westminster police. They received help from 75 agencies, and a coin was minted as a thank you. The coins were hand delivered to 1,800 men and women who worked on the case.
Ridgeway will be honored this Dec. 1 at her park with a menorah lighting.
Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad NW Metro Denver and Jessica’s family are encouraging people to attend and do good deeds in her memory.
“Do you part to chase away the darkness with a little bit of light,” Brackman said.