VFC Raises Funds For Kruger Family


After Nikko Jenkins allegedly murdered Andrea Kruger, it's been a struggle for her family to move on.

Saturday night though, a special event helped ease some of that pain for her family.

Kruger's brother, Ryan Roberts, fought in the mixed martial arts Victory Fighting Championship Saturday night.

Organizers of the event, hoped to honor Kruger by giving a portion of the night's proceeds to the family.

As Roberts warmed up for his big fight, he kept in mind that it wasn't just any normal match.

He was fighting in Kruger's memory.

"Win or lose, I'm excited to get out there and put on my best possible performance," he said.

Kruger's loss hasn't just been heartbreaking for the family, but it's brought a financial struggle.

Her husband and kids depended on her income.

"My mom had to quit her job in order to stay home and take care of the kids so it's had a huge impact on our family," said Roberts.

However, Roberts' fighting friends have come through for his family.

Amidst the bright lights and big battles at the VFC event, Kruger was another major theme.

A portion of the nights proceeds went to the Kruger family.

Ryan Stoddard with VFC, said as Kruger always came to watch her brother, Ryan, fight, she became part of the VFC family too.

"If there's any way I can help support them in their life going forward, then it makes all the sense for me to do that," Stoddard said.

Fans were happy a portion of the ticket fees were going to such a worthy cause.

"It's awesome benefit for her, especially doing what he loves to do, and getting to fight for her basically," said Meghan Evans, one spectator.

Roberts said the support has been phenomenal.

"It's tough, but with all the support man, we're going to make it through, and we're going to be grateful for everything we have," he said.

VFC says a sold out crowd Saturday night would raise $2,500 for the family.


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