Fundraiser for Fallen Officers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas Avenue Market kicked off its first event of the year Saturday to honor Topeka's fallen officers.

Vendors gathered at 628 S. Kansas Ave. to fundraise for the families of Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly. Both men lost their lives in the line of duty last december...

The market also featured a silent auction along with commemorative t-shirts and window stickers for sale. Proceeds from vendor fees, the auction and the memorial items will go to the officer's families.

“We're crossing our fingers that we hit the $2,000 mark,” said Anje Kearney, Kansas Avenue Market creator and marking director.

”This is a great support, community support for the families of the officers to raise money for the memorial fund which is already at $75,000 but will continue to grow,” said Stephen Evans, Topeka Fraternal Order of the Police president.

There are currently talks about holding a memorial 5K in May that would be co-sponsored by the state.