Sierra Jogin was a student at the University of Toledo when she was killed in 2016. A fundraiser was held during the women’s basketball game on Saturday.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Members of the community at the University of Toledo basketball game Saturday honored UToledo student Sierra Jogin, who was kidnapped and killed in 2016.

Ciera’s family has worked for years to keep her memory alive – starting with adoption advocacy Sierra’s Lawand the launch of the non-profit organization Justice for Sierra and the Sierah Strong program.

Sierra’s memory has had a profound effect on people in the community.

“I am a mother, I am a runner, I am a woman. I didn’t know Cierra Jogin, but her story really broke my heart, so I’m so grateful to be a part of it, and the work you do in the community is incredible,” said Nicole Candle, board member Justice for Sierah.

The solemn day was the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people.

Justice for Sierah is partnering with UToledo to spread the message of youth empowerment and help raise money for Sierah Strong, a self-defense program that teaches children ages 6-15 the importance of self-awareness.

“I would just say to be aware of your surroundings and what we’ve learned here today, and you can never be too aware and too prepared, so this course gives us that: the tools to be aware and know , what should we do when you enter a restaurant or a room. So take it seriously,” said Kate Zimmerman, vice president of Alpha Kappa Psi at the university.

Sierra Jogin was a college student and member of Alpha Kappa Psi when she was kidnapped and killed by Sierra Jogin while riding her bicycle in rural Fulton County. .

The special purple jerseys worn by UT players in honor of Zhugin were auctioned off at the end of the game.

Click here for more information on the Sierah Strong program.

Sierah’s Birthday Inn will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on February 25th.

Tickets for the Black and White Ball are on sale at Justice for Sierah site.

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