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Fundraiser held at Marion Hy-Vee to help family of woman stabbed, killed

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An area grocery store is helping a family still going through the unimaginable.

Hy-Vee and the Marion community came together to support Lynnsey Donald's family.

It was Tuesday, April 21 when 29-year old Donald was stabbed to death in the Marion Hy-Vee parking lot, in broad daylight.

Police say her ex-boyfriend, 32-year old Nicholas Luerkens attacked her.

Luerkens now faces murder charges.

Family and friends of Donald say the tragic stabbing happened right in front of her 7-year-old son, Ashton.

"Touched us in not a good way. This tragedy is really difficult and we'll never be the same people, said Lynnsey's aunt, Marsha Laux. "It's a difficult time not only for our family, but for the community and everybody that responded to this."

Laux who attended the fundraiser says the family's world was rocked, but the devastation also touched the employees of Hy-Vee and the whole Marion community.

Hy-Vee store director Andy Streit says many people have reached out wanting to help including Hy-Vee employees, so they wanted to do something to help the family heal.

"It's kind of a healing step and a way to help Ashton's future as well," said Steit.

The fundraiser Grill out for Ashton was in conjunction with Hy-Vee and Marion Police Department's annual Heroes to Hy-Vee.

The annual event allows kids look at the police cars, a fire truck, and helicopter.

People gave free-will donations for hamburgers and hot dogs, with 100-percent of the money going directly to Lynnsey Donald's Memorial Fund to help her son, Ashton's road through life.

"[Lynnsey] loved big parties and big gatherings and doing things for other people," said Paul Fields, a close friend of Lynnsey's. "Today's a time for healing, time to figure out how we can live on. Live the life Lynnsey would've wanted us to live."

Fields says Donald's whole world was her son.

She says Donald had a lot of faith and always wanted to help others.

Laux says seeing the community and even complete strangers come out to the fundraiser makes things easier.

"Things will be easier as this young man grows older," said Laux.

Hy-Vee has already collected almost $2,000 for the Lynnsey Donald Memorial Fund, over the last week.

Saturday's event bought in more than $12,000.

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