SIDNEY (WBNG) — A close friend of late teen Amelia Wakefield organized a free self-defense class in her honor for the community Sunday.
This comes just days after 18-year-old Cody Coleman, who Chenango County Sheriffs say was Wakefield’s boyfriend, was charged with second-degree murder in her death.
“I miss her a lot, but I know she’s okay now and I know that heaven gained an angel,” says friend Aliya Halbert.
A boxer herself, Halbert organized the class for girls and boys of all ages.
“I’m hoping that they get an education on how to fight back because if you’re ever put in this position, maybe if Amelia was in a certain position, that maybe she could of done one of these things.”
Taking the class to heart, friend Zaya Friedel says, “I’ll probably go home and every night practice at least one of the moves just so I know how to protect myself.”
Despite their young age, Friedel says these self-defense skills are important.
Halbert adds learning the skills taught at the class aren’t just physical, but also mental.
“It’s about your self worth and how it all mixes in with that and has to do a lot with respecting yourself,” she said.
Classes will be offered for free at the Hybrid Fit Gym in the coming weeks.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you can find resources through the local Help Restore Hope Center here.