LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - To celebrate Kristen Tabbert Rogers' life, family and friends hosted a benefit in her honor Saturday.
A raffle, bake sale, games and an auction all helped raise money for the Kristen Tabbert Hope Fund. Proceeds will be used to help those battling drug addictions.
Friends said that was a cause dear to Rogers' heart.
"She would be amazed. I know she's watching us and I know she would be happy. She would be blessed," said Angie Poff, Rogers' friend.
Rogers was found dead in a north side alley on March 6.
Prosecutors said she was strangled to death by Izelia Golatt when attempting to buy drugs from him.
Golatt was sentenced to life in prison Friday after convicted of killing Rogers.
Monday would have been Rogers' 36th birthday.
As part of Saturday's benefit, guest signed balloons and released them in her honor.
"It's freeing for me. Everyone is honoring her and loving her," said Rogers' mother, Kathy Tabbert.
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