Brittany’s family to host rally Saturday and visit board meeting Tuesday
The family of Brittany Wawrzyniak is continuing its push for perceived justice this week by staging a Saturday rally near the Worth boat launch and a visit to Tuesday’s village board meeting.
The rally is set for 3 p.m. at the Christensen Terrace Centre, 115th Street and Beloit Avenue. Rebecca Tully, Wawrzyniak’s mother, plans to make a presentation that will summarize all the family knows about her daughter’s Nov. 8 death.
“I’m pretty nervous,” Tully said.
The rally was initially set for noon at a park in Oak Lawn, but the time and location were changed due to scheduling conflicts.
The Worth Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and has been moved from Village Hall to the Christensen Terrace in anticipation in a large crowd.
Both the rally and the appearance at Tuesday’s board meeting are designed to bring more attention to the case, which the family believes is being neglected by Worth police, Tully said.
Police have refused to comment on the case because it is an ongoing investigation.
Efforts to contact Mayor Mary Werner Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Tully and her family have tirelessly promoted the rally, passing out approximately 1,000 flyers throughout Worth. She said it’s difficult to gauge how many people will attend the event.
“I have no idea,” Tully said. “I’m surprised how many people are following what’s going on.”
Tully said she’s received several calls and emails from people she doesn’t know voicing concern about the case.
“It’s amazing to me how much strangers care,” she said.
Several hundred people attended a November vigil at the boat launch, 115th Street and Beloit Avenue, which was held days after Wawrzyniak died. Additionally, The RIP Brittany Facebook page, created shortly after her death, has nearly 8,000 followers.
Tully said she met withWorth police last Friday to again ask them to “look at things more seriously.”
Prosecutors say Wawrzyniak met Eric Steven Johnson at the boat launch, got into the back seat of his car and handed him $200 in exchange for 30 pills of Clonazepam.
Wawrzyniak began counting the pills while still in the backseat as Johnson drove away. She opened the door of the moving car, was ejected and struck the pavement, prosecutors said. She was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn less than one hour later.
The prescription drug is used to treat panic and seizure disorders, according to medical experts.
The Worth police have confirmed that there were no drugs in Wawrzyniak’s system the night that she died, the family has said.
Wawrzyniak’s family believes she faked a drug buy at the boat launch to arrange a fight between a friend and another girl.