CrossFit fundraiser held to help Danielle Locklear's family

A fitness group in Fayetteville hosted a fundraiser Saturday to help the family of Danielle Locklear.
April 6, 2014 8:16:13 AM PDT
A fitness group in Fayetteville hosted a fundraiser Saturday to help the family of Danielle Locklear, the Hope Mills girl who went missing last month.

The fundraiser was yet another example of how the teen's disappearance has touched members of her surrounding community.

For fitness fanatics, the event was more than just a typical Saturday morning workout; it was a chance to help Locklear's family.

"One of our members is a school counselor at Dani's school, so she came to us with the idea of putting something together so we took it and ran with it," said event organizer Kate Colvin. "All the money raised, the proceeds are going to go toward the family for whatever needs they may have."

The 15-year-old Hope Mills girl went missing back on March 11. Since then, the community has rallied around the family, even helping to organize a massive search effort two weeks ago. This weekend's fundraiser was organized by CrossFit Ferus, and attracted a large turnout from members of other CrossFit groups throughout the area.

"It just shows all the support across the community of Fayetteville, not just here at our CrossFit gym or at other CrossFit gyms, but it just really demonstrates that compassion, that care for one another, and being here for Dani and her family," Colvin said.

Originally, this weekend's event was meant to raise money for additional search efforts. However, Wednesday, a young woman's body was discovered in the South River in Sampson County, and the family says police have told them they suspect it is Locklear.

We could learn if that is true as soon as Monday. If it does turn out to be her, the money raised this weekend will likely go toward funeral expenses. For now, Locklear's family and those who came to the event are still holding out hope that will not be necessary.

"They greatly appreciate all the prayers and support and at this point they're just remaining hopeful, from what I know they're staying as strong as they can and remaining hopeful and praying, praying for Dani," said family friend Misty Nolan.


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