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Family of murder victim Katee Hessler talks about the last 10 years

by Lindsay Bramson

KMOV.com

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 25 at 10:11 AM

(KMOV) - She was shot and killed during an attempted robbery 10 years ago this August. Since then, the family of then 18 year old Katee Hessler has raised more than a hundred thousand dollars to help stop crime around the St. Louis area.

Sarah Hessler will never forget the night her little sister Katee was shot and killed in Kinloch. She says, "It was the most awful experience that I have ever gone through." A murder that ruined the lives of this Wentzville family forever. Mother Debee Hessler says, "the past 10 years have been hard just trying to learn how to function again."

It was August 30th, 2001 when Hessler and a friend were sitting at an intersection in Kinloch. That's when 28 year old Roosevelt Fletcher approached their car and attempted to rob the teenagers. He then shot Hessler and drove off." Katee would have turned 28 January 2nd.
 
Mother Debbee Hessler says, "it's just very, very sad that she can't be a part of this and that we can't bring her back. We can't fix it."
 
Over the last 10 years, the Hessler family has kept Katee's spirit alive thru the Katee Hessler Foundation. A mission aimed at helping teenagers who struggle with addiction and violence.
The same things Hessler struggled with herself before she was murdered.
 
"In the last 10 years we've raised and donated over 100,000 dollars," says sister Sarah Hessler.
 
Donating to organizations like D.A.R.E, Crimestoppers and Youth In Need. Preferred Family Healthcare is also a major partner. Hessler may be gone but left is a foundation that will continue to raise money to help fight crime in and around St. Louis.
 
This summer there will be a Walk Against Crime and a Family Picnic in the Park to raise money. The event will be August 27th at Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis.

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