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Jennifer Moreland, “Kitten Vicious”

Read her Obituary

Read her Blackwater Rollers profile here.

From The Daily News Record:

SINGERS GLEN – For the past four months, Jennifer Moreland zipped around the rink at Funky’s Skate Center in Harrisonburg as part of the Rocktown Rollers roller derby team.

Although she was new to the team, teammates said her love for the sport and outgoing demeanor made Moreland, who went by the moniker of Kitten Vicious in the rink, an instant friend.

So when word spread Wednesday morning that the 26-year-old had been killed in a single-car crash near Singers Glen, team members were left shattered.

“We’re all just devastated,” said Thom Metroka, Rocktown Rollers’ coach. “She had a great passion for the sport. She put everything she had into the sport.”

Janna Bayse, the team’s captain, said Moreland recently moved to Harrisonburg from Lynchburg, where she helped start a roller derby team.

“I’ve only known her for less than a year but she made a very big impression,” Bayse said. “It’s a huge derby loss. It’s a huge loss of a friend.”

Tragedy Strikes

Shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday, emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash on Sky Road, near the intersection with Singers Glen Road.

Virginia State Police troopers say Anthony C. Cesar, 28, of Harrisonburg, was driving his 1997 Volkswagen Jetta north on Sky Road when he ran off the left shoulder and struck an embankment. The car flipped and came to rest on the passenger side, police say.

Moreland, who was the only passenger in the car, died at the scene. Troopers say she was not wearing a seat belt.

Cesar, who also was not wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

He has been charged with felony aggravated manslaughter while driving under the influence and is being held without bond at the Rockingham County Jail.

Cesar has previous misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and having an open container.

Team Loses Friend

While Cesar awaits a first appearance in court, Moreland’s friends are deciding how to move forward.

Metroka said the team was planning to meet Wednesday night in advance of a scheduled Saturday night home bout against Roanoke’s Star City Roller Girls.

He believes the team will still play this weekend.

“She would’ve said, ‘You keep playing,'” Metroka said. “She was type who got hurt and bucked up and kept going.”

The two teams will likely have some type of tribute to Moreland if they play.

“It’s going to be a very heartfelt game,” Metroka said.

A message to BWR fans, posted August 2010:
Dear fans,

We are saddened about the sudden passing of our teammate and friend Jennifer Moreland, a.k.a. Kitten Vicious. Kitten’s visitation will be Saturday night so we regretfully inform that our bout that day against the Uncivil Warriors will be postponed. We will honor all presale tickets at future bouts. Please check back here for more info. Kitten was a well loved and cherished member of our team. With her small stature and large personality, she left a mark on everyone she came in contact with on and off the rink. We will never forget her smile, whit and hard hits. We are simply heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Moreland family and derby community in general. We thank our fans for their understanding and unwavering support.

Derby love,

The Blackwater Rollers

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