A few days after her daughter was murdered, Jody Wainwright wanted to wear a dress for the beach.
A few months after that, she was shot.
“I didn’t know that it would happen like this,” she said.
Now, she’s at a loss for words.
“My whole life, I’ve been told I can’t go out.
My entire life, people have told me I can never go out,” Wainwork said.
“But I am here.
And I’m going to go out and I’m not going to let that happen to anyone else.”
The city of Punta Gorda, Florida, just outside Orlando, is one of many Florida cities to pass laws making it a crime to walk alone at night.
It’s the first state in the country to do so.
The city’s law enforcement department has a plan in place to help protect the community and its residents, but it’s been plagued by a lack of enforcement.
The department recently launched a task force to figure out what’s causing the problem, but that’s just the beginning.
Wainwier, a 33-year-old mother of two, is trying to make the world a better place.
“When you’re walking, you can’t see your back and your neck, you have to look behind you,” she told NBC News.
“And you have a little more space, and you don’t have to worry about your head getting caught on something.”
When she walks alone, she knows she has to keep the lights off and keep her head down, so that she can see what’s going on.
“You know that there are people there who want to be the hero and protect you, so you can stay safe and protect them,” she explained.
“That’s not the person you want to have to watch over you.”
A few of the people who walk alone The city is not alone in its struggles with walking alone.
New York City recently passed a law that allows pedestrians to keep their lights on at night, and some cities in Florida are considering similar measures.
A study by the University of North Florida found that one-third of pedestrians killed on Florida roads between 2000 and 2016 were walking alone, compared to just 8 percent of those killed in traffic accidents.
“It’s a real big issue for pedestrians,” said Nicole Gossett, a professor at the University at Buffalo who studies pedestrian safety.
“Pedestrians are more vulnerable than other people, and they’re walking at night to get around.”
A lack of policing and other safety measures means that, at least in some places, people who live alone may be the most vulnerable people in society, said Wainwaier.
She and other mothers have been asking the city to make a plan to help keep the city safer, but the city has been slow to act.
In Florida, where the number of homicides has more than doubled in the past five years, the city’s chief of police, John Fealty, has been pushing for more resources for his officers.
The NYPD has invested in new lighting and enforcement technology.
But Fealy has not made any public announcements about the plan.
“The number of cases of crime and violence in the city of Orlando has skyrocketed,” he said last month.
“In a short period of time, our officers have been on the ground in Orlando 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Wainwer, who is a licensed personal trainer and has been working out for over two years, wants to see an overhaul in the way she and her friends are viewed.
She also wants to make sure that those who walk or ride their bikes or walk on the sidewalk don’t become the targets of crime.
“We need to get the message out that you are not a criminal,” she continued.
“If you don´t know how to use the public sidewalk, you’re not welcome here.”