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Scholarship benefit remembers murder victim

By Sara Celi – bio | email

CAMPBELL COUNTY (FOX 19)-- Ed Harber remembers his daughter Jennie with a smile on his face.

"She was always happy to meet new people and to try and be friends with them," he says.

Jennie is forever 17, killed 12 years a go by Jeffery Gabbard.

"For that first year, you go kind of in a maze, you really don't know what's happened," says Harber.

In October 1998, Gabberd lured Jennie to a Latonia park and killed her for her car. He was later pulled over in Ft. Thomas while driving that same car. Police chased him to Woodlawn, where Gabbard wrecked the car. He jumped and ran from police, kicking off a two day manhunt. Police later caught up with him in Erlanger, KY.

In 2001, his guilty plea led to a life sentence without parole.

"I have not talked to Jeffery since the final day in court," says Ed. "That's the last time. He never made an answer or a change in expression, just was blankly staring out at me."

But 12 years later, Ed Harber is not focusing on the past. As he looks at old pictures of Jennie, his talks about this weekend, and a scholarship fund benefit that will raise money in her honor. The scholarship was originally set up 11 years ago, but is in need of funds.

"It's not a lot, it's 500 per scholarship, but you know, that goes a long way towards books and some supplies for students that they might struggle to do otherwise," says Ed.

It also keeps Jennie's name and memory alive, he says.

"She'll always be alive in our hearts, but in talking to other people, it helps bring her alive to them," says Ed.

The benefit is Friday, June 11th at The Syndicate in Newport. It starts at 7 PM.

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