HARKER HEIGHTS — It was evident Saturday afternoon how many lives Kirsten Nicole Farr touched during her short life.
Known to her close friends and family as “Nikki,” droves of people made their way to American Legion Post 573 to help her family raise funds to send her son, Davion Albanese, 3, to college one day.
She was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the Killeen IHOP on Feb. 23.
A former boyfriend and the father of her child was arrested and is a suspect in her slaying.
“There is just so much I will miss about her,” said her father, Anthony Farr. “She was beautiful, creative and giving. She always wanted to help others.”
Her friends and co-workers, Ashley Arnold and Ashley Rahm, organized the benefit dinner in her honor.
“I may not have known her for as long as everyone else, but she was one of those good friends you made right off the bat,” Arnold said. “She could make anyone’s day better and she would put something like this together for any one of us.”
Rahm was Farr’s manager at Buster’s Sports Bar in Harker Heights.
“She was always smiling and we want her to know that her son will be taken care of,” she said. “Her death brought all of us together and it made me realize you never know how long you have with someone and to never take anyone for granted.”
During her funeral, her father spoke about domestic violence and the need for those in that situation to get help. To spread awareness on the issue, Juana Wright from Families in Crisis attended.
“Nikki was full of life, love and always willing to help someone in need. Her life was taken in a cowardly way,” said Adeana Childs, Arnold’s mother. “We wanted to spread awareness about domestic violence because that ultimately was her cause of death. If this tragedy doesn’t wake you up, nothing will.”
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/743d80. The site will be up until the end of the month.
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