Fundraiser honors Brooke Slocum and her unborn child

SARANAC, Mich. (WZZM) – One month after the murders of Charles Oppenneer, Brooke Slocum, and their unborn child, friends and family gather in Saranac Saturday for a fundraiser.

Police still have no motive in the triple murder and their main suspect, Brady Oestrike, took his own live on Thursday, July 17th. Slocum was eight months pregnant at the time. She was found dead in Oestrike's car.

"I do miss my daughter still," said Deb Hotchkiss, Brooke's mother. "And I always will."

Wounds are still raw as the family gathered with friends and complete strangers on a farm in Ionia County this weekend. A fundraising event, put together by Slocum's uncle, will help alleviate some of the financial burden Slocum's family has experience since her passing.

"What a sad situation, I don't even want to guess the pain that they're in," said Dave Holcomb, Slocum's uncle. "I'm in enough. So you know we just want to help them out. That's a big thing."

The event, located on Johnson Road, featured live music, live and silent auctions, a car show and a pig roast. Organizers said they hope to make this event annual. Saturday's celebration of Brooke Slocum's life is scheduled to go until 9 p.m.

Any additional profits made from fundraising, will be donated to several charities and causes in Slocum's name.


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