By now, you may have heard about 12-year-old Aliza Spencer. It was Thursday evening, April 21st, and she was enjoying her ritual evening walk with her dad and brother.

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As she was walking in her quiet neighborhood on Bigelow Street, a single gunshot wound to her chest ended up killing her. You can read her entire story here. All these weeks later, we still don't know for sure what happened.

A $10,000 reward is being offered as police continue to try and find out what happened. When I think about my own daughters, I can't imagine for a moment what her family is going through. It breaks my heart and brings a tear to my eye.

Our community is devastated and we wonder what we can do to help. One way is to pray for peace for her family and justice for Aliza. Prayer is a powerful thing that can bring comfort through difficult times.

"Step Up For Aliza" At Ripics Carousel Lanes

If you are looking for a tangible way to help, you can come to Ripics Carousel Lanes on Saturday, May 21st for "Step Up for Aliza." There will be two times available (Noon and 5 p.m.) so that everyone will be able to attend.

It's 3 games 9 Pin No-Tap and you can have up to 6 players on a team. All ages are invited to participate. If you don't have a team but want to bowl, contact Ripics and they'll get hook you up with a team.

If bowling isn't your thing but you still want to help, you can donate a raffle basket. You can drop it off anytime at Ripics Carousel Lanes (formerly Laurel Bowl), 137 Laurel Avenue in Binghamton.

All monies raised will go directly to Aliza's family: father Fredrick, mother Janet, and her three siblings, Justin, Nicole and Jackie. When our community needs help, we always Step Up.


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