Friends and volunteers gathered to plant trees and complete some fix-up projects at the home of slain state trooper Linda Huff.

"Everybody was looking for something to do to help the family," said Huff's next-door neighbor Tad Brown, who directed the work Thursday.Brown said friends and neighbors wanted to find "some way of reaching out to (Huff's husband) Chad and the children to show that they were cared for."

Police joined good Samaritans who planted trees, flowers and grass. They also put up drywall in the Huffs' basement and built stairs on the back deck.

The improvements, which the Huffs planned before Linda Huff's death last week, were completed to make the house more attractive for a quick sale, Brown said.

Chad Huff, an Idaho State Police corporal who worked with his wife, is selling the family's home because he is transferring to southern Idaho.

Businesses donated most of the material and dozens of hours' worth of labor. Grocery stores and a restaurant provided refreshments.

"The people who I asked for help were willing to do more than was necessary," said volunteer Carolyn Brainard, who solicited many of the donations.

The contractors who built the Huffs' home enlisted electricians, plumbers and drywall workers to contribute their services. Law enforcement officers from Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County and the Idaho State Police also pitched in.

The volunteers' efforts were a tribute to the Huffs, Brown said.

"Anything we can do is nothing compared with what they have done for the community and the state," Brown said.

Linda Huff, 33, was shot 10 times in a late-night exchange of gunfire as she was returning to her cruiser in the parking lot of the ISP district office in Coeur d'Alene.

Scott David Yager, 34, of Rathdrum, has been charged with first-degree murder in her killing and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Authorities said the autopsy showed Huff was shot in the legs and finally died from a bullet fired at pointblank range to her forehead.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene. A funeral was held Tuesday in Nampa in southwestern Idaho.