LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- It's been more than three years since a local woman was murdered by her boyfriend, leaving more questions than answers for the victim's family.
Amanda Reed's friends and family are working hard to keep her memory alive and to make sure no other woman falls victim to domestic violence in the Stateline. Reed was killed in 2009 by her boyfriend at the time Ryan Schiller. He's in jail serving 28 years for the crime.
Her family established set up the Amanda Reed Memorial Foundation. The organization has donated money to local domestic violence program's and women's shelters. The foundation also offers scholarships to local high school seniors who are involved in domestic violence prevention programs. A fundraiser on Saturday afternoon at Park Lanes in Loves Park included bowling, a silent auction and raffles. Reed's family and friends hope their efforts will educate more women and men about how to prevent domestic violence.
“The main goal is to teach boys and men not to abuse woman. I think there are too many groups that focus on teaching women how not to get raped, how not to be victims of domestic violence. The focus of this group is to teach men that that is not the behavior they should be engaging in,” says Jennifer
This year, for the first time the foundation sponsored an entire week dedicated to domestic violence awareness in the local public schools, as well as at Boylan and Harlem. The foundation also plans to partner with the Rockford public schools to start up a domestic violence prevention program for student athletes. Organizers make sure all the money they raise stays here in the Stateline.