Friends, family host car wash fundraiser for Klosterman
Family and friends of homicide victim KayLynn Klosterman are raising money to cover her funeral expenses. Police said Klosterman was killed with multiple gun shot wounds last Friday.
Klosterman's friends organized a car wash in the Food 4 Less parking lot in Medford. Their goal was to to help raise money for her family by washing cars for $5 and selling t-shirts for $20.
"We all came together and did this for her, if people had differences we set it aside to be there for her and stand up for her because in the end her voice wasn't heard and we need to make sure her voice is heard," said friend Amanda Pawlicki-Deflavio.
They said they have raised at least $400 toward her memorial fund.
Klosterman's mother Sheila said they are thankful for all of the extra help.
"KayLynn is truly blessed that have had these girls in her life," Sheila said. "...to have all her friends that have participated to put in the time and effort to coordinate all of this."
In addition to the funeral expenses, they plan to create a fund against domestic violence in Klosterman's name.
"Even with this situation, other people may see the warning signs and they don't realize how serious it really truly can be," Pawlicki-Deflavio said. "When it comes to domestic violence, it doesn't get better it gets worse."
Her friends and family said they want to help raise awareness to prevent anything like this from happening again.
"Get out," Sheila said to others. "If they're mentally abusing you or physically abusing you get out. This could be you."
Pawlicki-Deflavio said she is happy Klosterman is in a better place.
"I know she's been watching us," Pawlicki-Deflavio said. "I know I've felt signs I know that she's happy right now and that's all that matters now that she's not hurting."