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Silent auction held in memory of Bozeman shooting victim

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Nov 03 2013 06:15:28 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

More than a month has passed since a deadly shooting in Bozeman claimed the life of 24-year-old Larry "L.J." Clayton. Sunday afternoon loved ones and supporters gathered for a silent auction held in memory of Clayton.

A close family friend, Cindy Damjanovich, knew Clayton from the time he was a little boy.

"He always had a smile on his face, and we just loved each other. He and my kids were really good friends growing up, we considered ourselves family with them. They are really struggling, I can't even imagine what it would be like to loose a child," said Damjanovich.

But Damjanovich says the auction is a way to bring people together, in hopes of healing.

"They need all the support and help they can get at this time. I think it is a wonderful event they have put together for them," said Damjanovich.

18-year-old Sara McDowell organized the auction. She says she never met Clayton, but when a friend needed help, she answered the call.

"My friend Cody Hunstman grew up with Larry Clayton,"    said McDowell.

McDowell tells us generous donors brought in at least 72 auction items.

"I feel like more are coming so probably almost 100," said McDowell.

The money will go to the family of the victim, but Sara tells us this event is more than just a fundraiser.

"It's a socialized event for everyone to come and be part of what Larry was," said McDowell.

Family friend Cindy Damjanovich knows that this is just one small piece of that puzzle.

"It's just going to be time. It is going to take time to heal,and it is just too bad time can't go faster to help them with that," said Damjanovich.

When we spoke with McDowell Sunday evening, she tells us the silent auction raised just under $1,400 dollars for the L.J. memorial fund. She says the money raised will go specifically towards medical expenses.