In effort to help the family of Kira Steger, community members came together and held a benefit to raise money for the family to travel to the trial of her estranged husband.
Steger's body was recovered from the Mississippi River months after she went missing, and investigators believe her estranged husband, Jeffery Trevino killed her in late February inside the rental home the couple shared with a roommate in St. Paul.
"She was trying to do things the proper way, the proper order, the divorce papers, you know," Kira Steger's mom Marcie Steger said.
Kira Steger's parents are understandably tearful, both still mourning the loss of their daughter.
"It's amazing; people went out of the way to do this for our family," Kira Steger's father Jay Steger said.
At Burger Moe's, approximately 150 people attend a benefit in which donations will help pay for the family's travel expenses to Jeffery Trevino's trial. He's charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with her death. Trevino's trial is slated for July 22, and is expected to last at least three weeks.
The couple is eternally grateful for Jodie Leko.
"It's like god sent her to us," Marcie Steger said.
"We didn't know her before this event, and now, we have a friend for life," Jay Steger said.
Leko has spearheaded searches for the missing 30-year-old and also Thursday's benefit.
"I was just really drawn to the case. I didn't think it was anything anybody should ever have to go through," Leko said.
Members of Minnesotans United also attended Thursday night's benefit. You may remember, just days after Kira Steger's body was found, Danielle Jelinek's body was found May 10 in Chisago County, but the search for Mandy Matula continues. There's still a lot to be done to bring justice to our families and our community, and that sentiment is on many of the attendee's minds.
"We are united. We all went through something together as Minnesota," Leko said.
"There's many more chapters that have to come yet," Jackie Kluever, Kira Steger's childhood friend said.
As the details unfold friends hope her case serves as a resounding message.
"It's just not okay, you just can't do that to somebody, you can't take somebody's life away because of your selfish needs or desires," friend Tara Hall said.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Kira's family will be traveling from Texas, Louisiana and Wisconsin for the trial. You donate to the family's travel and lodging expenses by clicking the following link: