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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kitten Vicious (1984 - 2010)

Jennifer "Kitten Vicious" Moreland gave the Rocktown Rollers everything she had in the month since she joined the team. Her speed, her sweat and her energy.

She was an enthusiastic, knowlegeable and diligent jammer. She was always full of good ideas (i.e. The Kitten Pounce) and encouraging words for her teammates and earnest Fresh Meat. She did the same for the Blackwater Rollers and the Richmond Derby Demons.

It was a devastating blow to learn that kitten was killed in a car accident on Wednesday morning.

The RTR team and Blackwater ref Starecrow spent much of the day tearfully remembering her cheerful personality and love of team and sport. It helped that we were there together.

It also helped that Kitten's last few days were happy ones, filled with hopeful conversations with good friends and lots of skating. Tuesday's scrimmage practice was amazing; the team says they've never had it so together. That night, Kitten played the Zombies board games at the Artful Dodger.

Another thing that made the day more bearable was the support we received from the wider derby community around the country. Kind words flooded in from Harrisburg, Richmond, Jersey, California, Colorado and beyond.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone. You've proven that derby builds strong families, even without blood relations.

The latest news is that Kitten's wake will be in Lynchburg, VA 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. (Stay tuned for locations.)

In solidarity with Kitten's family, RTR and the Star City Roller Girls have agreed to postpone this Sunday's bout, perhaps to the following week.


  1. In loving memory of Kittn Vicious (Jennifer Moreland):
    My name is Pixie Tourette (Hotrod Honeys of Texas Rollergirls 2003-2008).I met Kittn, well in a funny way, We were guild mates in WOW. Her, as Kittn (a hunter), and myself Pixie Vicious), while defeatind pixlated monsters began to talk about skating. She told me she was a speed skater.I told her about roller derby, how I bet she would love it....I was proven to be correct. In fact shr stupified me with her achievements. Who could not be was amazed at what she did? She was more than a natural derby queen, she built another derby empire. Like it does to that certain type of young woman, Derby became her passion. Jennifer Moreland was an amazing person, a friend,and an EPIC skater!
    Life isn't fair. All I know is that she is now somewhere with perfect floors, slip-free wheels,everlasting knees, and ceramic bearings. We will miss you dearly Kittn Vicious.

  2. Such a lovely girl and amazing skater. It makes my heart hurt to know she is gone.

  3. Hey, guess they needed a leader to start a derby team in heaven <3

  4. I give my condolences to the Blackwater Rollers adn the rest of the team. I hope they all get up the courage to get some new members soon. But not too soon...