Cruisin' for a Cause fundraiser honors Schaffhausen girls - KMSP-TV

Cruisin' for a Cause fundraiser honors Schaffhausen girls

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. (KMSP) -

At least 300 motorcyclists rode into the distance in St. Croix County to ensure a community never forgets Amara, Cecilia or Sophie Schaffhausen.

"My heart just jumps, gets in a higher gear when we go with a bunch like this," rider Elden Huber said,

Huber has been riding for 59 years, but his love for motorcycles isn't the only reason he couldn't miss the first annual River Falls Crusin' for a Cause.

"It could've happened to your own grandson or something, you know, and you'd want people to remember them and to have this park made. I think it's going to be a good thing for River Falls," he said.

Schaffhausen, 35, was formally sentenced to serve three mandatory consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole after admitting to murdering his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia in their River Falls home last summer to hurt his ex-wife.

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"I have children and you know you have to think if this happened to you, what would you do? I would have killed the man. That's what I would've done," Maxine Huber said.

All the riders here are touched by the tragic story, and want to make sure the girls are properly honored and remembered for a long time to come.

"The middle daughter Sophie went to school and was friends with my daughter,

Lori Novak said, who spearheaded the event. "We're hoping just to help build that playground."

Novak told FOX 9 news the $500,000 playground to commemorate the girls will be built with money raised at the event. As the riders cruise for 100 miles, they recall fond memories with Amara, Sophie and Cecilia who many considered angels.

Jeremy Helwig, was Sophie's martial arts instructor.

"I always think about Sophie's little smile when she was on the mat, all of them were great to be around and fun," he said. "They taught me as much about myself as much as I got to teach them."

The entire community says they want to remember the girls with a positive attitude, not by what happened to them. The playground will be located in River Falls, but a specific location has yet to be determined.

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