Self-defense clinic in honor of Muskegon Co. mother

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – The family of a Muskegon County mother, who was killed while jogging, is taking action to make sure other women know how to defend themselves.

Police continue to look for answers in the murder of Rebekah Bletcsh. She was shot multiple times and killed on June 29 as she jogged near her home.

The family sponsored self-defense classes at Reeths-Puffer High School in Muskegon Saturday.

Nearly 100 women attended the two sessions held inside the gymnasium. The classes were taught by black belt and martial arts expert Tom Twining.

Twining went over several basic self-defense techniques, like gouging the eyes or breaking the knee cap of a would-be assailant.

Sgt. Michael Herremans with the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department also gave instructions on the use of force and the different weapons women can use to protect themselves.

“The louder you are and the louder you’re being when someone is approaching you or attacking you or however you want to put it,” said Sgt. Herremans. “The more people are to respond and more people are going to be able to hear you if there’s neighbors, police or anyone around the area.”

As for the Bletsch murder case, Sgt. Herremans said they continue to work leads in the case and are waiting on evidence to return from the crime lab. No suspects have been named in the case.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department at 231.724.6658 or Silent Observer at 231.72.CRIME. Tips can be texted to 274537 with MKGTIP and then the message.

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