SANDY — When tragedy strikes it affects more than just those directly involved. It affects family, friends, neighbors and strangers.
Those indirectly impacted by the murder of Sierra Newbold showed their support Saturday at a community fundraiser to benefit the Newbold family.
"Everything has been donated by what I call 'silent angels,'" James Canterbury, an organizer of the event and Carvers restaurant employee, said. "We just wanted to relieve what the family is feeling. We united as a staff."
Sponsored and organized by Carvers, the fundraiser featured a bake sale, silent auction and garage sale donated by local businesses and community members with all proceeds going to the Newbold family to try and offer comfort to the Newbold family during the impending trial of Terry Lee Black.
Black, 41, was arrested and charged July 10 in Third District Court with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and rape of a child for the June 26 murder of 6-year-old Sierra Newbold. It is believed that Black entered the Newbold home through a sliding glass door and left carrying Sierra a few minutes later.
Alison Leach, who co-owns Carvers with Bill DeJong said she was impressed by the willingness of people in the community to donate what they can.
"I went to Home Depot and asked them if there was anything they would donate," Leach said. "They let me go around the store and pick $400 worth of merchandise for the silent auction."
Leach also said she has had people donating as little as $5 because that is all they have.
"Everyone gives what they can," she said. "I think it helps them feel that they are helping in some way."Comment on this story
The silent auction featured items from a Vivent alarm system, a Real Salt Lake soccer jersey signed by the team, pre-season Jazz tickes among several other items donated from local businesses and people just wanting to help.
"We're actually Brad's (Sierra's father) cousin and I donated some things as well as purchased," Sharon Newbold said. "It's awesome to see the community out and willing to help."
Also showing their support for the Newbold family and the community was 25 members of the Utah chapter of the Ruff Ryder Lifestyle movement, a motorcycle crew.
"It's for the community. They need another riding crew today," Ruff Ryder member who identified himself as Seven said.