Worldwide Show of Support for Zuzu Verk's Family

Verk family friend collects hundreds of love notes from around the world

ALPINE, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Since Zuzu went missing in October people from all over have rallied around the Verk family showing support on social media.

A friend of the Verk family in Keller, Texas has made it her mission to let them know they have the support of not only their Texas communities, but  the world.

Angie Smock lives down the street from the Verks and although she never met Zuzu, and isn't incredibly close to the family, the news of Zuzu's disappearance was something that impacted her as a mother.

Angie wanted to present the Verks with a special Valentine's Day gift with messages of hope and love for Zuzu's safe return.  

She takes part in a picture exchange project currently sweeping social media, it's a Facebook page called Love Notes From Around The World.

The Facebook page is one of multiple online groups that give romantics the opportunity to trade love notes from around the world.

It might sound like a confusing idea, but it's fairly simple, you ask a person in Alaska, Africa, Australia or anywhere in the world to take a picture holding a handwritten note to your loved one in front of a landmark, think San Antonio: the Alamo.

They ask you to do the same, and before you know it you have a bouquet of personalized pictures taken from all-over to give your loved one.

Angie explained Zuzu's missing person case on the Facebook page and got a big response.

She received hundreds of pictures with handwritten messages reading "Sending hope for Zuzu from (location) #ZuzuEffect, and then edited the pictures into video.

When she learned of Zuzu's body being identified Monday she decided to give the gift  a week early.

"The video is based on hope and love around the world and Zuzu's me got spread to 19 different countries and and we got notes from every state in the U.S." Angie said.

But the show of support doesn't stop there, in Alpine the community is also showing support with the The Zuzu Verk Memorial Scholarship Fund set up the same day her body was identified.

The fund will benefit incoming students to the Universities Natural Resource Management Program, the same program Zuzu studied in,

Alpine resident and former mentor to Zuzu, Louis Harveson works for the Borderlands Research Institute located at Sul Ross.

He said this fund is something Zuzu would have been proud of and that students and faculty in the program miss here zeal for learning.

"She brought a lot of energy, a lot of passion to the classroom, her love for the outdoors and for all things wild."

Working to have her memory live on the campus is something he said he looks forward to.

"I think the community, really Texas abroad really rallied behind Zuzu, and looking for Zuzu. A lot of people weren't able to participate in some of those activities and here is an opportunity to step forward and do something right and for a great cause, and for a great young lady that we will forever miss." Harveson said.

If you would like to donate to The Zuzu Verk Memorial Scholarship Fund you can visit the Universities website attached here.

 


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