SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It's been more than a month and a half since Melissa Peskey was shot and killed on Interstate 70 in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is following up on more than 135 leads to find out who's responsible for her death. Her two kids were in the car at the time of the shooting, but they were unharmed. Now, Peskey's real estate family is stepping up to make sure the kids have a bright future ahead of them.
Peskey used to work at Keller Williams Realty in Sioux Falls. The office held a soup fundraiser for her kids on Tuesday, where about 250 people came to show their support. Many of her friends agree she lit up any room she walked into.
"She always had a smile. That she always had something kind to say," Kris Graff said, who is a lender with Stewart Title Company. She works with many people in the real estate industry and sometimes that included Peskey. She said they're all family in the business though.
"The part that I really love seeing is that Sioux Falls, as big as it is, the real estate community is small and tight-knit. That we're seeing people from lenders, realtors from different offices, just everyone in the community coming out to support this," Graff said.
Peskey's coworkers at Keller Williams Realty held a fundraiser luncheon to raise money for a scholarship fund for her two kids, Charlee and Axton. Charlee is 11-years-old and Axton is 5.
"The thing I think we will most remember about Melissa is she was a nurturer. She always cared how other people were doing," Melissa Merchant said, who worked with Peskey at Keller Williams Realty.
Now it's their turn to do the nurturing. The kids will be the only ones to have access to the money, but they won't get it until they're 18.
"To give them the opportunity to dream for their future," Graff said.
"This is something that we do. When the unexpected happens, we come together and take care of each other as our own families. So I know she would be happy with the turnout, and this is something we would want done if it happened to our families," Merchant said.
Her friends said Peskey and her kids were three peas in a pod, and she was so proud of them.
"She was always doing fun things with them all the time," Merchant said.
Whether they realize it or not, Peskey's still nurturing them even though she's gone.
"I think a lot of us will take away just to never take those days for granted that you have with your family," Merchant said.
Peskey has reminded all of us to cherish the special moments.
Merchant said this is one of many events the real estate company will have as the kids grow up to raise money for this scholarship fund. If you'd like to donate to the scholarship fund, you can follow the link here to do so.
You can also text the word 'college' to 77948. The last thing you can do is write a check and send it to 6300 South Connie Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57108. You can make checks payable to KW Cares.