Jillian Ludwig, an 18-year-old freshman at Belmont University in Nashville, was jogging in a public park just blocks away from campus on a sunny afternoon last Tuesday when a stray bullet struck her in the head, killing her.
“Her roommate said she had been going [jogging] three to four times a week,” the New Jersey native’s mother, Jessica Thorn Ludwig, told Fox News Digital. “She had pretty recently taken up jogging, running, just for some exercise. It was a healthy habit that she was forming, as ironic as that is.”
Ludwig was running on a track in Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park, just northeast of Belmont’s campus, between classes around 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 7 when she was struck by gunfire that was allegedly intended for another target, according to the Nashville Police Department.