Friends pay tribute to murder victim with fundraiser

By Katherine Tellez

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Less than two weeks since the triple killing in an East Peoria restaurant on June 14, a close friend of a victim and witness to the murder is speaking out.

Lori Moore and Lance Griffel were shot and killed inside the 5th Quarter while attending Lori's high school reunion.

The gunman, Lori Moore's ex-husband, was killed by an off-duty FBI agent.

Emily Fletcher wanted to do something in memory of her best friend, Lori Moore.

"She touched everybody. And everybody that knew her would remember her. That's just the type of person she was," said Fletcher. "This is a great opportunity for the community to help get closure for this event, and turn a tragedy into something positive and help us help Lori leave a positive legacy for her children."

Her idea, creating a ribbon in East Peoria's High School colors with the letters "LL", which pays tribute to both Lori and Lance.

What started as a small gesture of about 100 ribbons for those who attended the class reunion, turned into something much more.

"We're running out of ribbons, we can't keep them in places fast enough," said Fletcher.

The ribbons line the streets of East Peoria, and people from all over Central Illinois, and as far away as Mexico and England, are requesting them, or donating to Lori's legacy fund.

So Fletcher has had 400 more ribbons made.

Once those sell out, the plan is to continue making smaller versions of the ribbons.

All of the money is going into an account for Lori's two children.

The legacy ribbons are being sold at Granite City and 5th Quarter Sports Bar in East Peoria, The Parlor in Morton, Perdue's in Tremont and Peoria Flag & Decorating Company in Peoria Heights.

So far the total donations for Lori's kids is more than $35,000.

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