Family & Friends gather at IBEW Local 124 Union Hall to celebrate life of Jessica Runions
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honor the life of Jessica Runions, a daughter of John Runions and grand daughter of Mike Runions. Close to 300 people attended the event at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 124 in south Kansas City. Runions, 21, disappeared after leaving a gathering Sept. 8 in south Kansas City with Kylr Yust.
“Throughout this whole thing, whether you were praying, helping search, or you just came out to pass out fliers, whatever you did, you are the reason why we all have strength,” Jamie Runions said. “I just want to say thank you. Without you guys we wouldn’t be as strong as we are.” The celebration was organized by Jessica Runions’ 14-year-old sister, Megan. It featured teal and white balloons and a slide show with photos of Jessica with siblings, other family members and friends. Megan was one of several people who recounted their fondest Runions memories. “I miss her everyday,” Megan said. “She was my best friend.”
Family friend Amy Ayers said Runions death hit close to home. Ayers, 27, of Overland Park, met Jessica through Jamie Runions, who was Ayers’ nursing instructor at Avila University. “You see this stuff all the time but you never really feel it in your heart where it actually happens to someone you know or actually care about,” Ayers said. “I just hurt for her family.” Ayers said the celebration was a chance to began the healing process. Saturday’s turnout was not a surprise, she said.
To all of our members and everyone else that helped with the search and supported one of our families in their time of need, we at IBEW Local 124 would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms Jessica Runions.