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Family of ASU dragging victim forms foundation in her name

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Posted: Friday, November 26, 2010 2:00 pm | Updated: 2:51 pm, Fri Oct 5, 2012.

To help honor the memory of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Kyleigh Sousa, her family has formed a foundation to aid families of crime victims who died tragically or surviving crime victims through a memorial foundation in her name.

The Kyleigh Ann Sousa Memorial Foundation will help to fund programs that support victims and survivors of violent crime and provide scholarships to students similar to Sousa who was aspiring to be a trial attorney. The foundation also will help to support patients suffering from brain or facial deformities or from severe brain trauma.

Sousa died hours after a man inside what witnesses described as a newer model silver Chrysler 300 grabbed her purse during a robbery and sped off in the 200 block of East Apache Trail in front of an International House of Pancakes near ASU’s Tempe campus about 2 a.m. May 26. Sousa, whose arm was tangled in the purse straps, was dragged by the car and suffered severe injuries.

Her death remains unsolved.

If anyone is interested in making contributions to the foundation, they can be sent to: The Kyleigh Ann Sousa Memorail Foundation, P.O. Box 757, Brick, N.J. 08723. For more information, e-mail: A Facebook group, “In Loving Memory of Kyleigh Sousa,” has 2,278 members.

Silent Witness is offering an $11,000 reward for anyone who comes forward with information that can lead to an arrest and conviction in her death. Silent Witness can be reached at: (480) 948-6377.

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