MERIDEN — The second annual Loredana Nesci Memorial Run was held Sunday at Hubbard Park, with proceeds from the event benefiting Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis and an education fund for her son, Rocco.
Nesci, a Meriden native, was found dead on July 22, 2015, in her Redondo Beach, California, home from multiple stab wounds. She was 47. Her boyfriend, Robert Reagan, 51, was charged with murder. He is currently free on $1 million bail.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis is service that aids those dealing with domestic abuse. Necsi and Reagan’s young son, Rocco, is being raised in Connecticut by Sal Nesci, Loredana Nesci’s brother, a retired Meriden police officer.
Sunday’s event started at 9:30 a.m. with a kids fun run. The official 5K run began at 10 a.m.
Sal Nesci said he hopes the event — and another event held at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center this month that included a video installation of domestic abuse survivors — helps other in the community suffering domestic abuse.
“I think that anybody who is in a potentially volatile relationship, I would strongly encourage them to seek some professional assistance ... Chrysalis is a wonderful resource in the Meriden, Wallingford area and there’s groups like this all over the state of Connecticut,” Sal Nesci said. “The worst thing you can do is remain in the situation.”
Born in Meriden, Loredana Nesci served as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Departments in the 1990s before returning to Connecticut to obtain her law degree from Quinnipiac University. She worked at the local law firm Cadden, Ivers & Ivers before returning to California to start her own practice. She also starred in a reality television series, “Loredana, Esq.,” about her legal career, which aired in 2014.
Her family is still grappling with her loss.
“I feel like a secondary victim myself, I carry a tremendous amount of grief in my heart,” said her brother Rob Nesci, a Meriden police officer.