National Guard hosts memorial run Friday
September 5, 2013
IF YOU GO
What: 5K memorial run/walk for the victims of the Sept. 6, 2011 IHOP shooting
Who: Nevada Guard Soldiers and Airmen
When: 6 a.m. Friday, dependent upon the air quality
Where: Parking lot next IHOP, 3883 S Carson St, Carson City
Soldiers and airmen of the Nevada Guard are set to participate in an informal memorial run/walk to commemorate the victims of the International House of Pancakes shooting on Sept. 6, 2011.
The run-walk will start at the Carson City IHOP, 3883 S. Carson St., at 6 a.m. Friday.
Shooting survivor Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Mock will lead a pack of Guard runners and walkers on a five-kilometer route from the restaurant to the Office of the Adjutant General complex at 2460 Fairview Drive in Carson City. Tracy Kelly, widow of Lt. Col. Heath Kelly, is set to greet the runners at the finish of the route.
On Sept. 6, 2011, Nevada Guardsmen Kelly, 35, Master Sgt. Christian Riege, 38, and Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, were killed in a shooting rampage conducted by Eduardo Sencion. Florence Donovan-Gunderson,
67, was also killed during the incident.
Sgt. Caitlin Kelley, 25, of Reno was shot in the foot and Mock suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm. Seven others were injured.
Capt. Laura Boldry, the equal opportunity officer for the Nevada Army National Guard, is one of the organizers of the event and said the run-walk would be a fitting way to remember the three Guardsmen.
"I felt it would be a way to bring their spirits back to the Office of the Adjutant General and home, because they didn't make it back that day," Boldry said Wednesday. "We will all be running to bring them home on Friday."
Shooter Eduardo Sencion, 32, used an illegally modified Norinco MAK 90 assault rifle.
Federal investigators determined Sencion fired 60 rounds before he killed himself at the scene.
Although the majority of the victims were National Guard members, no motive was ever determined for Sencion, who was known to suffer from mental illness.
The restaurant was closed for three months while it was renovated. It reopened in December 2011.
Carson City held an observance of the first anniversary of the shooting.