Elizabeth Ennen murder: ‘Justice for Elizabeth’ bracelets, a sign for change
LUBBOCK, Texas — ‘Justice for Elizabeth’ bracelets are being distributed to people who share Elizabeth Ennen’s family’s desire for change in how missing children’s cases are handled, especially children ages 10-17.
Elizabeth is the Lubbock teen who was misclassified a runaway and was later discovered to have been kidnapped and murdered. That misclassification, Elizabeth’s family says, stopped them from getting the help they so desperately needed. They don’t want to see that happen to another family – ever. Read: Runaway status impedes family’s efforts.
In an effort to raise awareness Elizabeth’s family has been distributing pink and purple “Justice for Elizabeth” bracelets – Elizabeth’s favorite colors.
One Lubbock man, 31-year-old Taris Knight whose mother-in-law lives a few houses from the Ennen home was given a “Justice for Elizabeth” bracelet by Elizabeth’s mother, Virginia Ennen.
Once he learned what happened to Elizabeth, and that the family is moving foward for change in how runaway cases are handled in the future, he vowed he’d never take his “Justice for Elizabeth” bracelet off.
Elizabeth’s aunt, Lily Huckabee said, “When this man was shot and killed Tuesday night police found he was still wearing the bracelet. He kept his promise to Virginia and to Elizabeth.”
“Elizabeth’s death has brought her neighborhood closer together,” Huckabee said. “They are being more vigilant on keeping a close eye out for one another.”
Catapult for change
The Ennen family is moving forward, driven by a statement they read online that said: “Since criminals are innocent until proven guilty, then teens should be missing until proven runaways.” Kelly Garrett and I agree with Elizabeth’s family’s desire for change.
Elizabeth’s family vows that her life will not be forgotten and that her death will be the catapult for change in how missing teen cases are handled in the future. They know the road is long and that change does not come overnight, but they are willing to do what it takes to see to it that what happened to Elizabeth will not happen to another child.
“Yes, I agree the road is going to be long but, as we’ve seen, people working together can truly make a difference. I believe in the Ennen family’s cause to change the perception of teenagers when they go missing,” Kelly Garrett said.
Kelly is working with the Ennen family and myself to effect positive change through legislation.
Interested in learning more about Elizabeth? Read: Elizabeth Ennen murder: Her story begins to unfold.
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Rest in peace, Elizabeth, you will never be forgotten. Your story will help change how missing children cases are handled. That’s a promise from your family, from Kelly Garrett, and from me. I may not have had the honor of knowing you in life, but I do have the honor of being a voice for your family. ~ Isabelle Zehnder