It's been a little more than 3 years since a La Crosse
women was shot and killed in her apartment.
her memory lives on at the 3-rd annual Sara Softball
Tournament hosted at U-W-L.
News 8's Kyle Dimke has more on the story.
PRESIDENT, CHI PHI FRATERNITY, UW-L
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With every crack of the bat at the 3rd Annual Sara
all the wonderful memories of Sara Hougom come flooding
back to her mom Sherry.
Sherry: 10- When I'm out here, being around all these
kids, I can feel Sara.
When I look at their smiles, I see Sara's smile, when
I look at their laughter, I see Sara's laughter, I
It just warms my heart.
Sherry says the past three years since her daughters
death have not been easy.
but this softball tournament is a great way to honor
Sherry: 1- I love the energy, and the passion, and
the commitment and the balance, so many qualities
that my Sara Rose had
At the time of her death.
Sara was dating a member of UW-L's Chi Phi fraternity.
When the Chi Phi brothers heard what had happened.
they knew they needed to do something.
Eric: 1- She was very close to a lot of the brothers,
a really good friend, always around, a fantastic girl
and we just thought we had to do something to bring
up violence awareness in this town and just make it
know that it is something that exists
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All of the funds raised through t-shirt sales.
and tournament entries are donated to the Neighborhood
Resource Officers patrolling the Washburn neighborhood
in La Crosse.
The neighborhood where Sara lived when she was shot.
Eric: 2- Last year we raised $4,000 and they bought
a new computer and a new bike with that money, this
year we're hoping to get above that and offer them
more utilities and resources at the community policing
Sherry: 9- I love kids and I wanted to be able to
ensure that they have what they need to make this
a safer community
Sherry Hougom says there are only two members of the
Chi Phi fraternity remaining that knew Sara.
but everyone in the group has the passion and desire
to hold this tournament to raise money for a good
and honor someone they never knew.