Family of murdered Temple student continue her mission of helping others through Bocce Tournament

Kristen Johanson
June 01, 2019 - 12:28 pm
The donation tables for Jenna’s Blessing Bags will be back at Temple Jan. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The family and friends of a murdered Temple University student are raising money through an event Saturday in Montgomery County in an effort to continue her mission to give to the homeless.  

Jenna Burleigh and her friends would pack book bags with water, food and other necessities and hand them out to people in need. Her mom, Jacqueline Burleigh says it’s kick-started their foundation, Jenna’s Blessing Bags

"Jenna was always giving to the homeless down by the Temple area, so she really started this organization as a grass roots organization," Jacqueline said. "After her death, we decided to keep her spirit alive and to memorialize her, we would start a foundation in her name."

Burleigh was killed in 2017. Her body was found stuffed inside a blue plastic bin in the Poconos. 

But her loved ones continue her mission of helping others, and will host a Bocce ball tournament in Skippack, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Palmer Park. The goal is to raise money for the bags, but also to continue two new college scholarships.

"One for Souderton Area High School and one for North Penn High School, and we will give them out next week," Jacqueline explained. "They are $1,000 scholarships."

In January, a jury convicted Joshua Hupperterz of first degree murder in Jenna's death. He’s now serving a life sentence in prison, and appealing his conviction.

Click here for more information on how to donate money to Jenna’s Blessing Bags.