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Sunday Benefit for Daughter of Slain Anoka Woman

Family friends are planning a benefit Sunday for a girl whose mother authorities say was killed by the child’s father.

Four-year-old Savannah should still get a bright future, the family friends told the Pioneer Press.

The girl’s mother, Natasha Waalen, 28, was found in Andover in what appeared to be a motorcycle crash in September. Investigators arrested Waalen’s boyfriend, Ryan Boland, and his brother, Timothy Boland, on charges of murder when facts didn’t add up, WCCO reported.

"This incident took Tasha away from us, but we cannot let it stand in the way of Savannah's future," Stacey Anderson, one of the lead organizers of the benefit, said to the Pioneer Press.

At least 24 children in Minnesota lost their mothers as a result of domestic violence last year, the executive director of Alexandra House in Blaine, Connie Moore, told the Pioneer Press.

The benefit will include live music, a silent auction and appearances by cheerleaders for the Minnesota Vikings, the Fort Mill Times said.