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Family to hold fundraiser in honor of fallen soldier

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FAYETTEVILLE — The family of a soldier killed in a vehicle accident while serving in Iraq continues to support a scholarship in his honor.

It has been five years since Spc. Steven Elrod died in the line of duty. But each year since someone has received a scholarship in his honor. Those who founded it are coming together this weekend for a fundraiser.

"It is amazing how fast its actually gone, we didn't even really realize its been five years and all of a sudden it was there,” said Karen Morin, mother of fallen soldier,

Elrod's best friends made a banner shortly after he passed away and the Morin family said they have hung it up outside their home every day since then.

"[We made it] to let people know that there are folks out there that, soldiers dying over seas every day; there is more to them than just the soldier that dies. There is family, and things left behind and there is more than just what you see on the news,” said father of Steven Elrod Mike Morin.

In years past, Morin, her husband, and their children have held several memorials and honorary events in his name. This weekend they are holding a much larger event, a car show fundraiser with hopes of raising money to go towards the scholarship started in his name.

"After his death we established a scholarship for him with the Cumberland Community foundation and it goes to a Massey Hill High School graduate each year,'” said Karen Morin.

Morin said this scholarship reminds their family and friends that Elrod will never be forgotten.

"There is no reason not to remember who he was, what he did, and to think that maybe he would still want us to keep doing the things that we do and support the military and the families,” said Karen Morin.

At the moment, three scholarships have been given out to Massey Hill graduates and the Morins say they feel this is something Steven would have wanted.

Saturday's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at O'Reilly Auto Parts on Raeford Road in Fayetteville. Anyone who would like to enter their car into the car show, the entrance fee is $20. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP