Softball tournament raises money in honor of murder victim

Eighteen softball teams competed over the weekend in remembrance of a local tragedy.

The two day day annual La Crosse Violence Awareness Charity Softball Tournament came to a close Sunday. The tournament raised money for police and other community organizations in honor of Sara Hougom, a La Crosse woman who was shot and killed in her apartment by two intruders in 2012.

“Sarah had a unique and special gift of bringing out the best in others: the smiles, the laughter. We want that to continue in honor of Sara,” said Sara’s mom Sherry Hougom.

Scott Hogan, who was Sara’s boyfriend when she was killed, was a part of the Chi Phi fraternity that hosts event. One Chi Phi member explains how Scott’s grief from Sara’s death was part of the inspiration for the tournament.

“That really effected him, and so one of his other brothers from Chi Phi decided to set this up for him and for Chery and obviously for Sara,” said Chi Phi member Ted Swanson.

The tournament included a competitive league and another league which was just for fun.