Close to 1,000 sisters of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority gathered Saturday in Downtown Dallas, and police were there too.
Dressed in red, members showed up one by one at the Sheraton Hotel. "It's very touching. It's very moving. It's nice to see everyone at the programs and happy to be there," said Tynagia Polk, of Dallas.
The sorority celebrated its 99th anniversary even while a serial rapist targeting its members remained on the loose. Four attacks were reported last year in Plano, Coppell, and near Corinth. They're happy to attend a luncheon celebrating sisterhood and community service, but not happy a predator is still on the loose.
"It's a little discomforting, but we're all taking precautions and taking the tips that the police and authorities have given us," said Polk.
Police have told sorority members not to display their letters or colors, but almost everyone did at the event.
"It hasn't changed the sorority, but absolutely, it did bring us closer together," said Demetria Thrash, of Lewisville.
Police didn't believe the suspect would show up at the hotel, but patroled outside the hotel just in case.
"When we combine in numbers, we feel more protected. We feel okay," said Polk.
The Deltas did not allow news media inside their event, but the two members who spoke to NBC 5 say they won't let an unidentified rapist keep them from moving on with their lives.
"Not at all. We're a strong group of black women," said Thrash.
But they hope police can make an arrest soon.
Police describe the serial rapist as a man in his late 30s to mid-40s, between 5'7" and 6' tall, and about 250 to 300 pounds. He may be balding and have a thin, well-trimmed beard.
Anyone with information that might help solve this case is urged to call police or Crime Stoppers.