Community rallies behind murdered Sandy mother

Jul 8, 2021, 7:40 PM | Updated: 7:41 pm
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[Photo Credit: Jen Springer]

SANDY, UTAH — Friends of Masako Kenley, the Sandy mother of four who was recently murdered, are now trying to fold five thousand origami cranes to give to Kenley’s four kids and husband.

Kenley was Japanese and in ancient Japanese culture, anyone who folds 1,000 cranes is promised a wish from the Gods.

[Photo Credit: Jen Springer]

“In Japan, it is a custom if someone is sick, or if you are wishing someone to be well you give them — I mean a thousand cranes would be the ultimate,” Jen Springer told KSL Newsradio. 

[Photo Credit: Jen Springer]

Springer is a local Instagram influencer who runs the account ClassybyJen. She’s now using her platform to recruit folding help. She says the support has been overwhelming. She got emotional describing what it means to have so many strangers now reaching out to fold.

“It’s just, [she] touched so many lives just through just her own actions but also through her children and her example,” Springer said, tearfully.

[Photo Credit: Jen Springer]

The group plans to gather Saturday at Patriot Park in Saratoga Springs from 12 to noon to continue folding.

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[Photo Credit: Jen Springer]

Springer said she is not sure when they will give the cranes to the family. They hope to surprise them, however, she recognizes media coverage might spoil that. Springer said she’s willing to share anyway.

Springer met Kenley through her sister-in-law who was a Latter-day Saint mission companion of Kenley’s.  In talks with her sister-in-law, Springer said Kenley’s family is also collecting money to help bring relatives from Japan over for the funeral. Those details have not been made public. 

She said donations are being made at Kenley’s son’s Venmo account, @Micorndog.
Kenley was found dead earlier this week after being missing for a week. Police have charged 75-year-old William O’Rilley with the murder.
Disclaimer: KSL Newsradio cannot confirm funds from Venmo will go directly to the family.

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Community rallies behind murdered Sandy mother