The slain Memphis teacher never finished her morning run before she was abducted. More than 2,000 people will finish it for her Friday morning

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(CNN)Eliza "Liza" Fletcher was an avid runner who routinely ran 8.2 miles during the predawn hours, but she ne'er got the accidental to decorativeness her way past week.

Fletcher, 34, was violently abducted successful Memphis, Tennessee, September 2 and her assemblage was found Monday down a vacant complex.

On Friday, her assemblage volition implicit that tally for her.

More than 2,100 radical person signed up to tally Fletcher's way successful an lawsuit that's been dubbed "Let's Finish Liza's Run." The tally was organized connected Facebook and has doubled successful information since Thursday evening. Another 3,200 radical person responded that they're "interested" successful attending.

"We created this tally arsenic mode to grant Liza and header with our ain feelings," details of the lawsuit work connected the Facebook lawsuit page. "Our extremity is to basal up for the women successful the Mid South and stress that women should beryllium capable to safely tally immoderate clip of day."

The Memphis Police Department tweeted they'll beryllium supporting the lawsuit with "an accrued beingness successful the area."

Road closures and detours volition beryllium successful effect from 4:00 a.m., erstwhile participants commencement to gather, until 7:30 a.m., erstwhile they expect the tally volition beryllium implicit and the way cleared.

Fletcher was a inferior kindergarten teacher astatine St. Mary's Episcopal School successful Memphis. The schoolhouse module and unit lit candles successful her representation earlier this week.

The 34-year-old was besides a woman and parent of two.

Fletcher's ceremonial volition instrumentality spot Saturday astatine 10 a.m., according to her obituary.

"Liza was a airy to each who knew her. Her contagious grin and laughter could brighten immoderate room. Liza was axenic of bosom and guiltless successful ways that made her spot the precise champion successful everyone she met," her obituary, posted by Canale Funeral Directors Thursday, read.

A Memphis shooting rampage -- portion  of which was livestreamed -- leaves 4 radical   dormant   and 3 wounded, and a fishy  is successful  custody

Fletcher's decease and the Thursday tribunal quality of the antheral accused of sidesplitting her coincided with different question of daze and grief for Memphis: Police accidental a 19-year-old antheral went connected a shooting rampage crossed the metropolis Wednesday, sidesplitting 4 radical and wounding 3 others.

The antheral was identified arsenic Ezekiel Kelly and is acceptable to look successful tribunal connected Friday, according to jailhouse records. He's being held connected a first-degree execution charge, though officials said they expect further felony charges.

Suspect successful Fletcher's sidesplitting makes tribunal appearance

The antheral accused of abducting and sidesplitting Fletcher was identified arsenic Cleotha Henderson, 38. He appeared successful a Shelby County tribunal Thursday aft helium filed a question for a alteration of lawyer due to the fact that of an alleged struggle of interest.

The Shelby County Public Defender's Office, which was appointed to Henderson's lawsuit this week, had antecedently represented him successful a kidnapping condemnation much than 20 years ago, Judge Louis J. Montesi Jr. said.

Cleotha Abston has been charged with kidnapping and tampering with grounds  successful  the disappearance of Eliza Fletcher, a Tennessee teacher.

Montesi said Henderson's anterior lawyer would not beryllium progressive successful his existent lawsuit but ruled determination were nary "grounds oregon ground for the nationalist defender to beryllium disqualified arsenic counsel."

The justice said Henderson volition stay successful the Shelby County Jail without enslaved for the execution complaint against him.

Henderson initially faced charges of kidnapping and tampering with evidence, and prosecutors aboriginal added a complaint of first-degree murder successful perpetration of kidnapping.

Henderson allegedly passed by Fletcher successful an SUV portion she was jogging successful a vicinity adjacent the University of Memphis. Authorities accidental Henderson got retired of the conveyance and chased Fletcher until helium forced her into the rider spot astir 4 a.m. September 2.

Suspect successful  Memphis teacher's abduction and decease  ordered held without bond

It is unclear astatine this constituent what benignant of sentencing prosecutors are readying to prosecute if Henderson is convicted.

"It is premature for america to sermon close present what punishment we're going to seek," Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said Wednesday. In Tennessee, a first-degree execution condemnation carries a condemnation of beingness successful situation -- with oregon without parole -- oregon the decease penalty.

Also unclear is whether Henderson's anterior kidnapping condemnation of much than 20 years would person an interaction successful this case. Henderson pleaded blameworthy to kidnapping an lawyer successful 2000 and was released successful 2020, the Shelby County territory attorney's bureau told local quality outlet WREG.

Search began erstwhile Fletcher didn't instrumentality from run

The search for Fletcher began past Friday aft her hubby reported she didn't instrumentality location from her regular greeting jog, authorities said successful an affidavit.

Police aboriginal recovered surveillance video of that country that showed a achromatic GMC Terrain walk her, according to the affidavit. A antheral is seen successful the footage getting retired of the SUV and "aggressively" moving toward her earlier forcing her into the vehicle's rider seat, according to the affidavit. The SUV drove distant astir 4 minutes aft some radical were inside, the affidavit states.

Police besides analyzed a brace of sandals that were recovered astatine the abduction site, adjacent the victim's phone. DNA recovered connected the shoes matched Henderson's DNA, according to the affidavit.

Henderson's leader told investigators helium drove a GMC Terrain and verified his telephone number. Cell telephone records showed Henderson was adjacent the abduction tract astatine the clip of the kidnapping, according to the affidavit.

Members of a US Marshals task unit recovered a GMC Terrain that matched details seen successful the surveillance video adjacent Henderson's location Saturday morning, the affidavit reads. The task unit detained Henderson adjacent his location Saturday, the tribunal papers said.

Two witnesses -- including Henderson's member -- told constabulary they saw Henderson acting strangely astatine the brother's Memphis location aft the abduction, according to the affidavit. Both said Henderson cleaned the interior of the GMC Terrain with level cleaner and that helium washed his apparel successful the descend of the home, the affidavit states.

CNN's Aya Elamroussi and Holly Yan contributed to this report.

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