TUCSON - Hundreds of people attended Cruising for Christine Saturday, September 30th.
Christine Betancourt was 26 years old and was a new bachelor’s degree recipient when she died.
“In February Christine was brutally beaten,” said Yvette Torres, a friend of Christine Betancourt. “She was murdered by her short-term boyfriend in her apartment.”
Family and friends say that Christine had been dating Manuel Encinas for about two weeks. Encinas killed Christine, then took a Circle K clerk hostage before he was shot and killed by deputies.
“What we’re going to do is grow and help the community and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said David Betancourt, Christine’s younger brother.
Cruising for Christine was a run and car show to help raise funds for Emerge, a center that assists with domestic abuse as well as Homicide Survivors.
“I don’t want anybody to feel what we went through,” said David Betancourt.
The Betancourt family set up the CMB Foundation in honor of Christine.
“We’re here to let anybody that’s going through domestic violence know they can come to us if they need a voice,” said Yvette Torres. We will be their voice, we will help them find the help they need.”
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.