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Burlington mayor proclaims Laura Kate Winterbottom Day

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Sept. 12 was Laura Kate Winterbottom Day in Burlington.

Mayor Miro Weinberger invited Laura's family to City Hall to make the proclamation.

Winterbottom was raped and murdered in Burlington in a random attack in 2005. Her family has worked since then to honor her legacy of helping others. They started a foundation in her name and hold an annual walk, raising money for local organizations that help those impacted by sexual and domestic violence, especially children.

"If you'd have told us on March 9th, 2005, that we would set up a foundation and conduct Laura's March and that we would raise almost $100,000 and donate it to this community, we probably wouldn't have imagined it. And yet, that's what we did," said Ned Winterbottom, Laura's father.

"Laura's impact on this community did not end with that tragic event, and it didn't end because she is part of a family that has remarkable strength, and has seen to it that Laura's legacy has continued," said Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington.

Laura's March takes place in Burlington this Saturday. Click here for more on Laura's March and the Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund.

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