The granddaughter of a murdered rural Alexander woman is holding a 5K event to honor her memory.
Seventeen-year-old Sabrina Hoagland of Auburn has put together the Diann and Butch Hoagland Memorial 5K Run/Walk, to be held in Auburn next Saturday.
Steven Mark Pryer was sentenced in November 2011 to natural life in prison after being convicted of first degree murder and residential burglary in connection to the shooting death of 54-year-old Diann Hoagland in August 2010.
Sabrina’s grandfather, Butch, died of cancer late last year. He and Diann had been married for almost 33 years.
Proceeds of the 5K run and walk will go to the Forever Home Feline Ranch in Springfield, where Sabrina volunteers.
“What I think they do is awesome and they are all volunteer as well. My grandparents would have loved it and they would have helped out,” says Sabrina.
Sabrina Hoagland was just twelve years old when her grandmother was killed in 2010.
“It’s defiantly been hard and opened my eyes to have people talk about it to me when August 18th comes around. It is defiantly something that helps me do things to make them feel proud and carry on their name,” says Sabrina.
Participants in next week’s event who are between the ages of 14 and 19 will be qualified for a $250 scholarship that is being named in honor of Diann Hoagland.
Sabrina Hoagland says she’ll continue to try to run events in the future.
“I know my grandma loved to donate to St. Jude’s and my grandpa loved Wounded Warriors. I think we are going to try and switch up these charities and try to involve things directly that they donated to. I plan to have a good turnout and build on it,” says Sabrina.
Next week’s event begins at 8 a.m.
You can click here to register.