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Summer softball tournament to honor Delphi teens

Libby German (Photo: Davidson Funeral Home); Abby Williams (Photo courtesy of Abbott Funeral Home)

DELPHI, Ind.– As police continue to search for the killer of the Delphi teens, their families are making plans to honor their memory by sharing with others a sport the girls loved so much.

Libby German’s family is teaming up with Abby Williams’ family to put on a memorial softball tournament this July in memory of the girls.

Libby’s cousin Lori Knipp remembers how much the 14-year-old loved playing sports and enjoying life. Knipp said Libby even used to write down inspirational quotes she came across.

“She was always very upbeat and inspiring and uplifting to people,” said Knipp who wonders what Libby’s future would have looked like. “What would she have aspired to be? What greatness would she have brought to this world?”

Knipp said the family is dealing with the loss by taking it day by day and by putting one foot in front of the other.

The next step in their healing process is to team up with Abby’s family and put on a memorial softball tournament. Both girls played summer recreational softball in Delphi.

The dream of the families is to raise enough money so that every girl in Delphi has a chance to find joy in what Libby and Abby loved, for free.

“It just felt like the right thing to do. To do something in their memory to honor them in the way we all love softball. Brings us all together.”

Mike Standly, President of the Greater Lafayette and Surrounding Area Girl’s Softball League (GLASAGSL), remembers coaching Libby.

“She was amazing, she really was. She’d give 100% every time.”

The tournament is called the USSSA Libby/Abby Memorial Tournament. It runs from July 14-16 in Battle Ground, Indiana. Proceeds will go to the Delphi Summer Rec Player Scholarship Fund in memory of Abby and Libby.

Click here for more information on the tournament.

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