Supporters of a Duluth woman killed in a domestic violence incident have stepped up in a big way to raise money for her family.
Nicole Jazdzewski, 41, died the night of June 2 after being stabbed numerous times in her home. Her husband, 40-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski, has been charged with murder.
An online fundraiser for the couple's three children initially aimed to raise $5,000, but has already generated more than $26,000 in a matter of days.
"Nikki was a mother, sister, daughter, and a healer as a nurse," the GoFundMe says. "She loved music, to cook, to travel, and to be in nature. She provided for so many people, now we are hoping to provide for Nikki."
The funds will also help cover funeral and medical expenses to "help Nikki's legacy live on."
According to a criminal complaint, Ryan Razdzewski admitted to investigators that he "lost it" and "killed her" following a "horrible fight."
Officers from the Duluth Police Department were called to 818 Chester Park Drive just after 8:20 p.m. Sunday, with the 911 caller being the couple's 7-year-old daughter.
Nicole Jazdzewski was found lying on the kitchen floor having sustained multiple stab wounds to her torso. She was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m.
Ryan Jazdzewski admitted that earlier in the day that Nicole had informed him that she wanted a divorce, leading to a fight where he claimed she grabbed a knife in the kitchen for self defense. He said he took it from her and "I just started stabbing her" – approximately 10-12 times, according to the complaint.
Nicole Jazdzewski will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji – her hometown, according to the Bemidji Pioneer.