Annual walk honoring homicide victim raises $11K for Marshfield humane society

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) -- Organizers say a fundraiser for the humane society honoring a Marshfield native has raised more than $11,000.

Saturday, 200 people participated in the Paws for Brittany Walk at Wildwood Park in Marshfield.

Every year, for the past six years, the walk has raised money for the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter. Organizers hope that the walk continues to raise awareness about the unsolved murder of Brittany Zimmermann from 2008.
Brittany was raised in Marshfield. While attending UW-Madison she was killed in an off-campus apartment. Police have yet to make an arrest in the case. In honor of her love for pets, her friends and family have organized the walk in her honor.

According to a news release, Brittany’s parents, Jean and Kevin Zimmermann spoke, thanking those who attended and continue to support their family.

“This is probably our best turnout yet, six years later. It’s been eleven years since Brittany’s been gone. It doesn’t get any easier. I hate to say that, but it doesn’t,” said Jean. “Events like this mean a ton to us. We have a beautiful day. Brittany did this for us again.”

Also in attendance was Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who spoke about the case, which remains unsolved.