Supporters of a local woman allegedly killed by her son earlier this month have raised more than $30,000 to care for her family.
As of Wednesday, a GoFundMe campaign for the family of Julie Hardt had raised $33,322 toward a goal of $50,000 to help with funeral expenses, hospital bills, new housing for her family and college for her youngest son.
Other fundraisers are planned including Wednesday, June 20 when Dutch Bros stores in Klamath Falls will donate all proceeds raised that day to the family.
Hardt, 52, died June 1 after an unprovoked attack the day before at her home on the 10500 block of Wright Avenue. Son Cheney Hardt, 23, is accused of striking Julie Hardt in the head with a hatchet then attacking his father and younger brother.
Father Shawn Hardt, 51, suffered serious wounds to the torso but has since begun recovering and was released from the hospital early last week. Brother Steen Hardt, 18, suffered minor injuries and was able to attend his graduation Sunday at Henley High School.
Cheney Hardt has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon and faces at least 25 years in prison. A hearing to potentially set a trial date is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon before Judge Roxanne Osborne.
Remembrances for Julie Hardt have occurred throughout the community, including a moment of silence for her family June 4 at the Klamath Falls City Council meeting. Hardt was a city employee for 27 years and at the time of her death was a utility locator, assisting utility companies in finding their lines within the city.
County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot also remembered Julie Hardt Tuesday during commissioners’ regular business meeting and described her as “a tremendous member of our community.” DeGroot said he was encouraged to see so many residents coming forward with support for the Hardt family.
“I am really, really proud of this community and the way that we have stepped up and rallied around this family,” he said. “It has been absolutely incredible to watch. It is what makes this the greatest place on the planet to live.”
A memorial for Julie Hardt was held Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Those wishing to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign may do so at gofundme.com/hardt-family-fund. Donations can also be made at Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union to Hardt Family Donation Account.