(Memphis) More than 2-hundred people grooved to the Latin beat at Holy Communion Church Saturday.
Decked out in Purple, they weren’t breaking a sweat for health, they were doing it to help. 8-year-old Connor and 7-year-old Ava are left without a mother after Heather Palumbo-Jones was found murdered days after she was reported missing.
“It breaks my heart for those children,” said Zumbathon participant Lyn Luciano.
Police say the children’s father, Chris Jones, took Heather’s life.
“There’s no words to describe that lost. But then you see this and to know the community has rallied around your friend and their kids, it’s been amazing,” said Friend Joanna Young.
Young and a handful of Heather’s friends organized the Zumbathon. Zumba’s something Heather loved to do. She lost nearly 150 pounds dancing 6 days a week.
“For the first time in a month, I have been able to release, it’s been very therapeutic,” said Young.
Every cent raised will help Heather’s son and daughter. Folks who didn`t know the Germantown teacher hope their support will also help stop this from happening to other families.
“We are not going to tolerate this kind of violence,” said Luciano.
Joanna hopes the same but says the main focus now is on Connor and Ava.
“We want to take care of Heather’s kids,” They’re doing well as best as they can to be 7 and 8,” said Young.
She hopes with the community’s support, they’ll continue to get better.
If you would like to help, you can donate to the “Connor and Ava Fund” at any Regions Bank.