College fundraiser memorializes Utah murder victim Lori Hacking
Published: July 10, 2014 04:24PM
Updated: July 10, 2014 10:41PM
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Lori Hacking, • Murder victim

Lori Hacking is gone, but a scholarship fund is helping others follow in her educational footsteps.

The Lori Kay Soares Hacking Memorial Scholarship Fund helps women in their junior year of the University of Utah’s business school. Hacking is a graduate of the school who was murdered in by her husband 2004.

Two groups — Men of Justice and Compassion, and Ladies of Justice and Compassion — are holding a fundraiser the evening of July 19 to benefit the fund.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event, being held at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Hall Ballroom, starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

The event is also designed to bring attention to domestic violence, which “is perhaps far more common than we want to believe,” a news release about the fundraiser reads. On July 19, 2004, Hacking’s husband Mark killed the pregnant woman while she slept.

Hacking’s parents established the fund the same year she died. Instrumental in funding the scholarship was Lori Hacking’s mother, Thelma Soares, who appeared on Oprah to tell her story. After the network appearance, donations soared to more than $190,000.

The first student to benefit from the fund, Linda Hines, graduated from the University of Utah with a marketing degree in 2006. Another recipient, Michelle Larsen, a 32-year-old Cottonwood Heights divorcée, went back to school about four years ago. In order to care for her two young children she knew she needed a degree, according the news release.

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