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Fundraiser helps establish scholarship honoring Kalamazoo woman
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The father of a Kalamazoo woman killed alongside her son in a double murder-suicide is working to keep her memory alive.
At Wenke Greenhouse Saturday, there was a dunk tank, petting zoo and a bounce house. The fun and laughter was meant to remember 39-year-old Lisa Herrera and her 17-month-old son Maxwell.
"Today, it's just knowing we're doing something good. We're doing something, I believe, that Lisa and Max would approve of," says Andy Herrera, Lisa's father.
Lisa and Maxwell were murdered by Patrick Gleason, who then took his own life. The horrific crime happened in their Kalamazoo home this summer.
To keep Lisa's memory alive, Andy Herrera started a scholarship fund for students who want to become a speech pathologist, just like his daughter.
One of Lisa's co-workers tells Newschannel 3 Lisa touched countless lives. "Lisa's heart was in everything she did, she was, as the t-shirt says, she was a very passionate person, very passionate about what she did. She loved kids and knowing she was making a difference in her lives," Judy Burrows says.
Andy Herrera says every day is battle to get through his grief, but the support of his friends and family helps him to stay positive and to help make the world a better place for others, one donated dollar at a time.
"Her heart and her memory is everywhere," he says.