CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Police believe Wilbraham native Amy Lord was a random target. 22News is working for you with tips on how to protect yourself if you're ever in a similar situation.
You never expect to be attacked, but there are some ways to be prepared.
Boston police say 24-year-old Amy Lord was kidnapped, car-jacked, robbed and murdered. They now believe she was beaten first inside her home before being taken to five different ATM's. We obviously don't know exactly what happened, but it is a situation you may want to be ready for.
Holyoke Medical Center's Dr. Karen Ferroni teaches women's self-defense classes. "You should be thinking what's available to me to use as a weapon. What's available to get help, is there a way for me to escape. What you don't want to ever do is get in a vehicle with someone and let them take you to a second location."
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley agrees, "I ask you to watch out for your friends and your neighbors, and I especially want to urge people not to enter an automobile or a confined area with any stranger."
Western New England University takes part in the R.A.D.(Rape Aggression Defense System) program which teaches self-defense. It can get you ready for some dangerous situations.
"If it goes to the next step and you are being attacked, you have some physical skills to get out and you have a plan of action," said Judy Curran.
Curran works at Western New England and is a R.A.D. instructor.
"The minute you're grabbed from behind, your elbow will go up to get someone away and that's the benefit of physical training," said Curran.
Dr. Ferroni told 22News if you are attacked she recommends to keep fighting. "It's a horrible situation to be in and I don't there's any one strategy that works 100 percent of the time."