Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, May 18 2012 at 3:47 PM, Updated: Fri, May 18 2012 at 4:03 PM
A fundraiser is being held this Sunday in Klamath Falls to raise money for the family of a Medford woman who was brutally murdered in March.
Dwight Esselstyn is still in shock over the murder of his daughter Kristy...
"It's been tough. I haven't missed a day, and I haven't been crying yet - but hopefully, that will cease, and I'll be able to get my act together better. But so far, it's been pretty tough."
34 year old Kristy Huddleston was killed on March 23rd.
Her 43 year old husband Bourne Huddleston has been charged with her murder.
Kristy's best friend Rommney Werner says she's devastated...
"We met in the seventh grade - sorry, I'm going to get a little emotional - she was my, she sat next to me in English - and I had asked her to come to my 13th birthday party."
Rommney Werner works at Vintage Salon, which will be hosting 'Kuts for Kristy' this Sunday...
"All of the benefits are going to Kristy's family - to Dwight, and Denise, and her little boy."
Kristy's dad Dwight says he's honored by the efforts of the hair stylists...
"it's pretty amazing that they would do this - it's great."
'Kuts for Kristy' will take place this Sunday from noon to four at Vintage Salon at 11th and Main Street in Klamath Falls.
Ten stylists are donating the money they make from haircuts to Kristy's family to help with expenses in bringing up her little boy left behind.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.