£18,000 tribute to tragic Karlie

A FRIEND of Karlie Rogers, the young Lutterworth woman who was killed in the tragic events of September, 11, says the first anniversary of her death will be a time of quiet reflection.

But out of such a terrible tragedy, Jon Lawrence (26), who attended Lutterworth Grammar School with Karlie, has managed to raise a massive 18,000 for charity in the year following her death.

Jon, now a music lecturer at the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn, said: "We have done so much fundraising over the last 12 months, I think now is the time for some quiet reflection on the tragedy.

"People will remember the tragic events of that day in their own particular way, but I will remember all the happy memories and good times I spent with Karlie.

"She was a fun, loving and very attractive girl who was a good friend to me.

"The first anniversary of her death will certainly be a difficult day and one I am not looking

forward to."

Karlie Rogers was 26 when she died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Since her death Jon and Karlie's father, Keith Rogers of Baker Street, Lutterworth, have taken part in a number of fundraising events in memory of Karlie.

Jon recorded a song for Karlie entitled Just Like the Rain, which in the past year has sold 1,000 copies, a musical concert was held in her memory at Lutterworth Grammar School and Mr Rogers ran in this year's London Marathon.

All three events raised a combined total of 18,000 which will be split between two charities.

Half the money will go to help widows of the New York firefighters who died on September 11 and the other half will be donated to the baby care unit at Yeovil Hospital where Karlie was born.

Jon added: "We may do another fundraising concert sometime in the future but nothing is set in stone yet.

"Now is the time for us to reflect. Wednesday won't be a very nice day for me, that's

for sure."