WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH (WOIO) - Lisa Knoefel was a Social Worker for Cuyahoga County for 12-years. In fact, she cared so much about what she did, she also became a foster parent -- a decision that may have cost her, her life on November 16th.
Her foster child, 18-year-old Sabrina Zunich is charged with her murder. In court a couple of weeks ago, the first responding officer to the Willoughby Hills home testified that when he arrived the teen was covered head to toe in blood and was holding a 12-inch knife.
Knoefel's two daughters witnessed the attack.
"Lisa was an amazing person she was, she embodied the meaning of a social worker both professionally and personally. She gave her life to her job and the children that she took into her home," explained Lisa's co-worker Deana Davis at a fundraiser for Knoefel.
All day Monday at West Park Station was a day to remember and help Lisa's family organized by her co-workers. 20% of all sales, along with other fundraising efforts, were aimed at helping her family this holiday.
"Just to lose her so tragically moved us to help the family through this difficult time any way possible. we thought a fundraiser was the best way to help support them," said Davis at the event.
As for the case against Sabrina Zunich, the evidence is in the hands of a grand jury waiting who will determine an official indictment. She remains locked up on 750-thousand dollars bond.
If you would like to donate you can do so at any Huntington Bank with a fund set up under the name Knoefel and Zanella family. The money will be used for her 3 and 13 year-old daughters.