Man travels 17 miles in wheelchair for teen murdered last year

CARMI, IL (WFIE) - An Indiana man is traveling 17 miles on Saturday night.

He's going from Carmi to Norris City, Illinois in a wheelchair.

It's all to help raise money for Jessica Evans, a teenager who was murdered last year.

Jessica Evans Legacy Tenderness Tour - that is the name of the event.

Headed by Richard Propes, and Jessica's mom, the event is the 24th one that Propes has done all total, but the first for Jessica.

Propes started doing the tours in 1989 when he went on a search to regain his faith in humanity.

He wanted to find the good, and he did.

Now he wants to end violence against children and families. On Saturday, he wanted to do that in Jessica's memory.

"We just agreed that this would be a great way to hopefully celebrate Jessica's life and to also help healing for families and the community," said Propes.

The tour also raised money to fund a scholarship in Jessica's name for the next 10 years.

The goal of $5,000 was reached.

Each $500 scholarship will go to a Norris City Omaha High School Graduate.

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