KENNEWICK, Wash. — The extended family of a Texas mother who was slain last week as her then-3-day-old son was snatched from her, is hoping the kindness of Tri-Citians can stretch the 2,200-miles separating the two states.
Kala Golden-Schuchardt, 28, of Spring, Texas, was killed April 17 when she was leaving a pediatric clinic near her home, the Associated Press reported. Her son, Keegan, was kidnapped, but was found unharmed hours later.
Golden-Schuchardt, whose funeral was Tuesday, was able to give police a description of the shooter before she died. The stay-at-home mom left behind two other sons, ages 1 1/2 and 4.
Toni Venditti, a cousin of Golden-Schuchardt's who lives in Kennewick, has planned a car wash to raise money to help the family.
"I just want to help her family out. It's more for the boys," said Venditti, who is the circulation operations coordinator at the Herald.
For $5, Tri-Citians can get their car washed from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Cities Minit Mart, 1400 W. 27th Ave., in front of Yoke's in Kennewick.
Family, friends and people from Venditti's church, Word of Faith in Kennewick, will be helping wash cars.
Venditti said Golden-Schuchardt's family is "grieving ... but they're staying strong for the family."
The accused shooter, Verna McClain, is facing a capital murder charge, which could carry the death penalty, the AP reported. Investigators believe McClain, 30, was desperate for a baby after suffering a miscarriage, and her attorneys have said they planned to review her mental state.
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