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Friends Of Slain Woman To Hold Fundraiser Friday

Friends of Cary Robuck's daughter are putting together a fundraiser, which is now being supported by the Racine County Sheriff's Department and they are hoping the community will show its support.

A number of friends are rallying around Cary Robuck’s family as they cope with the gruesome reality of her death by holding a fundraiser in her honor.

Robuck was the 35-year-old mother of Horlick High School cheerleader Mariah Sturm, and she was very close with her boyfriend’s daughter Kira Scheffler, who is also a cheerleader. Cary was killed when .

Thomas Stark, a senior at Horlick High School, Mariah Sturm, and Kira are friends. Stark started planning the fundraiser shortly after the news of Robuck’s death. Robuck’s family has asked that their friends not speak to the media for now.  However, Fiona Murphy, said Stark has the support from Robuck’s family to have the fundraiser.

“The family is still kind of hunkered down, but the family is supporting the event,” Murphy said. “Right now the family is not able to talk about the bigger stuff—so far this the only thing that I know about that they are supporting.

“My heart goes out to them. There’s a lot of community outrage about what happened and a lot of people want to show their support. They are going to need a lot of help and help is available. Hopefully there will be a time when someone in the family will direct these efforts.”

The fundraiser includes selling purple t-shirts with the words “One Big City, One Big Family, T-Shirt Fundraiser in Memory of Cary Robuck” printed on them. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office announced their support for Stark’s fundraiser, which will raise money for Robuck’s family.

“Although this fundraiser is in the memory of Cary Robuck, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families regarding the senseless shooting that occurred at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield,” according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

The T-shirts will be available for sale from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Drive, in the tennis court parking lot.

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and Investigator Tracy Hintz will be on hand, assisting in the sale of the t-shirts, according to the press release.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and show their support,” Schmaling said.

Murphy also said a Facebook page has been set up for people who would like to order a T-shirt.

Hairdressers from Individuals Hair Salon will also be on hand to put in purple hair extensions, which will be sold for $10 a piece. Half of the proceeds will go toward the fundraiser. They would also like all schools to get involved.

“Thomas intended that these T-shirts would be in honor of Cary, but they would also be available for whenever we want to come together as a community so that they can support people in times of tragedy,” Murphy said.

Fiona Murphy October 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Thank you so much for your help, Denise. Just to clarify, the "family support" was expressed via a family member's comments on the event's Facebook page. We respect their privacy at this difficult time and look forward to seeing the community come out in support of them on Friday. Future fundraising in Cary's honor will take place as they decide how best we can help them. Thank you again!
Denise Lockwood October 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
@Fiona... thanks!
Fiona Murphy October 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Also, not knowing the family personally, I can't speak for what they can discuss. I only know that students at Horlick have been asked to not talk publicly. I have tremendous respect for the event's creator, Thomas Stark, and admiration for all he and many others are doing to bring Racine together. It's going to be a very special day.

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