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Community comes together for Strutz family fundraiser

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- For five years four children have been without both their mother and their father.

John Strutz murdered and dismembered Kristan Strutz inside their Delhi Township home in 2009.  Three of the kids were in the home at the time.  You can imagine how much that would scar a child.  Their grandparents have raised them since.

To say life after Kristan's murder has been a struggle for the family would be a gross understatement.  Kristan's mother, Karen Broering, and her husband have custody of their four grandchildren.  All of the children have medical issues and after five years of full time care the family needs some help.  But, on the west side of town, there's no shortage of compassion.

At the end of the hall on the second floor of the Hillenbrand Nursing Home, employees and residents get to see Kristan Strutz every day.  Strutz was a nursing assistant at Hillenbrand.  In 2011, this library was built in her memory.

"So it became a permanent part of our facility here that people enjoy. We have a great picture  of Kristan here that shows how beautiful she was," said Dan Suer of the Hillenbrand Nursing Home.

Dan Suer runs the facility, he remembers Kristan well and says he takes pride in not only honoring Kristan, but continuing to help the family with memorial walks and fundraisers.


"Anytime we get a chance to help the kids we want to take advantage of it," he tells us.  "It wasn't 'oh should we really do that and stuff?'  It was ok, when and where and how are we going to get this done. "

Clyde Kober is talking about the upcoming fundraiser.  The Delhi Skirt Game committee and the Delhi Township Police Department have set up the event.  Dinner, entertainment and door prizes.


"I was flabbergasted that everybody in Delhi, ever since this has happened  has tried to help us out," Kober said.

After her daughters murder, Karen Broering had to quit her job in order to properly raise her four grandchildren.

She tells us, "I went back to work for about ten days a couple years, it just, emotionally it was really tough. The kids are still at the point where they need somebody at home."

That's because there are multiple visits to Children's Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis treatments for the three girls, plus the teenage boy is autistic.  All of that requires full time attention.

"You forget about all the bad times, I didn't expect that, I miss her every day," Karen says of her daughter.

But Karen says it does make her happy to know Kristan is being remembered.

The fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 6th at Jim and Jacks on River Road.  100 percent of the money raised will go to the Strutz-Broering family.  Tickets are 20 dollars.  The Delhi Skirt Game Committee is matching up to 5,000 dollars of the donation proceeds.

For more information on the fundraiser CLICK HERE.

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