Sorority hosts 5K to honor attack survivor

By Amelia Orwick

Kappa Kappa Gamma will hold its first “Running for Holly 5K” this Sunday in honor of alum Holly Dunn. She is the only known survivor of the “Railroad Serial Killer” attacks that took place during the ’90s.

It was Labor Day weekend of 1997, and Dunn was walking home from a party with her boyfriend, Chris Maier, around the site where Newtown Crossing is today. A man emerged and raped Dunn and brutally beat Maier in the head with a rock. Maier did not survive.

Dunn managed to walk to a nearby house and call the police.

The serial killer, who was later discovered to be Angel Resendiz, killed at least 15 others in the Southwest.

Dunn had a hard time coping with her feelings following her attack, but had support from her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters.

“Kappas helped her so much during that time,” junior elementary education major and Kappa President Tori Hancock said. “The entire Greek system came up around her and really supported her.”

Today, Holly is married and lives in Evansville, Ind., where she opened the first Holly’s House, which is an advocacy center for victims of domestic crimes.

“You can tell your story there and feel safe, instead of getting lost in a world of lawyers and detectives,” said Chloe Ward, a secondary education, history and political science sophomore.

Ward is Kappa Kappa Gamma’s philanthropy chair, who has put much work into organizing the 5K in Dunn’s honor.

The race will be held at Commonwealth Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee.

“Over 100 people are already signed up, and a lot of people are giving donations, which is awesome,” Ward said. “We just hope that we can make it an annual tradition so that we can raise money and help her out for years to come.”

Dunn will also be speaking about her experience at White Hall Classroom Building in room 106 Thursday at 7 p.m.