River Falls rallies to honor Schaffhausen girls, raises $50K


The community of River Falls rallied together Saturday to honor the memory of the three, young Schaffhausen girls who were murdered by their father a year ago in the family's Wisconsin home.

The Star Tribune reports that run and walk has raised nearly $50,000 for a proposed playground, and drew 1,250 participants.

KSTP-TV is reporting that hundreds of people showed up this morning to kick off the Tri-Angels 5K fundraiser to help raise money to build a memorial playground for Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. The station also reported the girls' mother, Jessica, ran in the race. To donate to the memorial fund, click here.

The girls' grandmother, Becky Stotz, told KSTP-TV the outpouring of support is overwhelming with friends traveling from as far away as Washington, D.C.

Saturday's fundraiser comes less than a week after the girls' father, Aaron Schaffhausen, received the maximum sentence for their murders, according to the Star Tribune.

St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Howard Cameron ordered Schaffhausen, 35, to serve his three mandatory life-in-prison sentences consecutively, the paper reports. He'll spend he rest of his life in prison.

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