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Family and friends create non-profit for Temple friends killed in January

Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin's family and friends created the Priceless Beginnings organization.

TEMPLE, Texas — Three months after Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin were found dead in Oklahoma, those closest to them are taking steps to heal. 

"You know it's a challenging situation. We've gotta try to find some... create some good out of it," Jonathan Scott, Jenna's father, said. "Anyways, it's almost impossible to find any good in it but we need to create some."

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They created Priceless Beginnings, a non-profit to help kids in domestic abuse situations attend sports, Bible and other camps the kids want to try.

"We wanted to create an organization that could raise funds that would leave a legacy for what we felt like Jenna and Michael would want us to do," Priceless Beginnings director Annie Hammons said. 

The group said it wants to bring something positive out of a tragic situation. The pair went missing in early January. Their bodies were found on private property in Oklahoma. Jenna's ex-boyfriend, Cedric Marks, is facing capital murder charges in relation to the case. Maya Maxwell, a woman connected to Marks, is also facing capital murder charges.

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Scott said the grieving process has been difficult for the family.

"It's going to take a while we're going to grieve for a long time for both Jenna and Michael," he said. "It's been you know one of the most, well the most,  challenging thing that I've ever been through."

The group has planned a fundraiser for the organization: The Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin Memorial 5K. 

"We are running in memory of Jenna Scott and Michael Swearingin, on a course they enjoyed running together," the event page said. "The race will support Priceless Beginnings, a non-profit that provides camp scholarships for children of domestic violence victims."

The run will start at 8:30 a.m. on May 18 on the Pepper Creek Trail.