FLORENCE, Ky. – Amanda Warren can't forget getting the tragic news that her friend, Kelli Kramer, was slain along with Kramer's 9-year-old son Aiden.
“I was at lunch with my daughter. I lost it in the middle of the restaurant,” Warren said. “My mind automatically started going, ‘What can I do to help the family?’"
That thought led to Saturday night’s fundraiser at Muggbee’s Bar in Florence, where friends and family gathered to remember Kelli and Aiden, comfort each other and support Kelli's parents.
"It's been crazy. It's been a roller coaster. Emotional,” Warren said. “I've been crying. I'm angry."
Kelli and Aiden were killed in their Burlington apartment more than a week ago. Police are still searching for suspects.
Kelli and Aiden were “very happy, very outgoing, beautiful people," said Kelli’s father, John Kramer. "We loved them. Aiden was an All-American boy. Smart. He was always involved with all the activities. Kelly was hard-working. She really liked Starbucks."
The fundraiser netted $3,500, and that doesn't factor in the silent auction items, Warren said.