UTICA, N.Y. -- It's a powerful thing to see runners and walkers come together for one cause. This weekend, they were taking steps towards healing. It's been more than a year since the news of Alex Kogut's death shook the New Hartford community to it's core.
A friend of Alex's, Juliana Fulop, said, "It's like unreal, I still like, I doubt it you know? It's crazy."
Kogut was killed in her dorm room at College at Brockport. Her boyfriend at the time has been charged with the murder.
"She was always happy, she was always smiling and that's all I remember about her is just always being happy," said Fulop.
Alex's story lit a fire in the hearts of family members, friends, and people from the area who want to honor her life to the best of their ability. This weekend, community members held their first annual Alexandra Kogut 5K and charity walk.
"This is a great community event and I just wanted to celebrate the life of a beautiful young woman and take a stand against domestic violence," said New York Mills resident, Anne Marie Latshaw.
Distance didn't keep people from participating in the event as there were satellite runs happening across the country.
Jenifer Bowman organized the event. She said, "Today we have people running in California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado."
The turnout was overwhelming. More than 12-hundred people came out to support the Kogut family, many of whom knew Alex well, while others only knew of her.
Bowman said, "I never thought I would have as many people come out for the first year as but I just have to say I'm truly blessed to see the support that's here today.
"I think Alex is looking down on us and is probably very happy to see the community come together," said Latshaw.
All the proceeds from the run will be donated by the Kogut family to charities they feel reflect who Alex was and will keep her spirit alive.