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Woman's murder sparks push to teach self-defense

Posted at 7:24 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 19:24:23-04

Reagan Tokes was robbed, raped and murdered after leaving her job one night in February 2017. The 21-year-old Ohio State University student was shot in the head after being forced to drive to a field and strip.

"What happened to my daughter is the most heinous, horrific tragedy that is every woman's worst nightmare," said Lisa Tokes, Reagan's mother.

Brian Golsby, a convict who had been released from prison with a GPS ankle bracelet that was not being monitored, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Lisa Tokes is now spearheading a push to teach more women and teenage girls potentially life-saving techniques to stop an attacker.

"To try to bring about change, and to have actions conquer tragedy," she said.

Tokes has been working with self-defense trainer Rob Fletcher to help train more instructors on the techniques, to introduce to women and girls across the country.

Fletcher will host a session at Addicted To Fitness, on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, Saturday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

He will show women how to target sensitive areas like the eyes, nose and groin of the attacker using strikes with thumbs, hands, knees and feet.

"We put that together to reinforce the fighting skill," Fletcher said. "But it's also a workout where you're burning calories." 

Fletcher says he wants to do his part to try to prevent another tragedy like Reagan's.

"We want them to have confidence, self-esteem," he said. "It really goes beyond the self-defense component."

Fletcher also stresses the importance of traveling only in well-lit, populated areas. He also recommends that women always carry pepper spray.