A fundraiser Sunday night raised more than $10,000
for the family of a North Idaho man killed in late
On October 25, the body of Bo Kirk was found in the
Coeur d'Alene National Forest, just days after he
had gone missing from work at Northwest Specialty
Hospitals in Post Falls.
The memory of that murder is sill fresh for his sister
Claudia Jackson and the rest of his family.
"It's extremely raw. Extremely raw," Jackson said.
Sunday night, community members say they wanted to
make sure the Kirk family gets the support they need.
"It's exciting because you get to see the community
come together and get to support somebody even if
they didn't know them," said Brandy Schultze, who
volunteered with the fundraiser.
All around the North Idaho community, people donated
their time and resources to put together the fundraiser,
which was held at Curley's in Hauser. A blind auction,
raffle drawing and spaghetti feed all took place.
Everything was donated. Volunteers couldn't jump on
board fast enough.
"Me being able to just do my part and emcee it, I
was actually honored to be invited," said Walt Sepanski.
Jackson says she was touched by the hundreds who turned
out to the event.
"I know my brother, I know how great he was, but to
know that everybody felt the same way is overwhelming,"
The event raised $10,000.25 for the Kirk family. It's
a staggering number, but for Jackson the event had
an even larger purpose.
"Everything that's been donated, all the money and
everything else is going to [Kirk's wife] Amanda and
the kids and stuff and that is amazing, but it's keeping
my brother's memory alive that for me is huge," Jackson
The money will certainly help Kirk's family during
this tough time, but Jackson says they're still struggling
to get used to this new way of life.
"It's just one of those things, you have to take it
day-by-day," she said. "It's not something that you
can grieve in private, it's pretty much in the public
David Hutto was arrested for Kirk's murder. Detectives
say Hutto kidnapped and murdered Kirk in a fit of
road rage. Hutto has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
His next court appearance is scheduled for January.