LIBERTY - Carrie Rosine said it's the things she does in memory of her murdered daughter that keep her going.
Rosine hosted a benefit Saturday at the Refuge in Liberty at which 11 bands played for 12 hours to raise money for a scholarship to Youngstown State University. The scholarship would be in memory of her daughter, Brandy Stevens-Rosine, who was killed in May.
Rosine also plans to plant a tree in her daughter's memory at YSU.
Carrie Rosine, right, and Krysti Horvat of Boardman discuss the benefit held Saturday at the Refuge in Liberty to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Rosine’s daughter, Brandy, who was murdered in May.
''My goal is to keep her memory alive, not only for me, but for many of her friends and family,'' Rosine said.
Her daughter was a graduate of Boardman High School and was active in music programs there. She was a YSU student pursuing a degree in sociology when she was killed, Rosine said.
She played stand-up bass in the school band at Boardman, and the high school dedicated their Fall Orchestra Pops Concert to her, Rosine said.
How to help
Donations to the Rosine-Stevens family Brandy Rosine Memorial Fund can be made at any Huntington Bank branch.
''Music was her passion,'' Rosine said.
Awaiting trial in Crawford County Common Pleas Court in Meadville, Pa., in the killing are Jade Olmstead, 18, and Ashley Barber, 20. Pennsylvania State Police have stated the pair have confessed to Stevens-Rosine's murder. The trial is scheduled for February.
Stevens-Rosine was beaten and buried alive in a shallow grave at a Crawford County home.
Police said Stevens-Rosine had left her home in Beaver Township to visit Olmstead, and they in turn went to Barber's home in Cochranton in Crawford County.
Her mother said she has been able to keep going because of friends, family and the community, and also her goals. She said keeping her daughter's memory alive takes work and she is glad it does.
''My goals right now are the scholarship fund and the tree,'' Rosine said. ''I want to raise enough money every year for the scholarship fund.''
In October, they were able to raise $1,000 for the fund at the Octoberfest in Boardman Park, Rosine said.
''The public support has been phenomenal,'' Rosine said.