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Husband talks about wife shot in front of him during burglary

Posted at 11:32 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 17:44:36-04

For the first time, the husband of the woman killed after running into burglars outside their home speaks out.

Stan and Sheri Aoyagi didn't have kids. Their relatives are mostly from out of state. Sheri was all Stan had.

"My life is just so empty. It's kinda like I don't know what to do," said Stan.

Surrounded by friends and family Saturday, Stan talked about his wife Sheri. She was shot and killed right in front of him outside the home where they built a life together.  

"The memories of her all around the house, everything I touch or. I'd see a half bottle of water that she drank half of... or I'd walk by and see the bed."

Sheri was described as an "angel" by friends and family has left such a huge impact in the community.

Her brother, Terry Schott, said, "It's like the world was cheated. It's just unfortunate for all of us."

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Now it's the community's turn to give back to the Aoyagi's thru a fundraiser at Big Dog's Brewery.

Christina Detisch, a close friend of the Aoyagi's, told 13 Action News, "There were repairs in the house that haven't been done because there just haven't been funds to do so. So I know they lived very modestly. So we wanna make sure that he has cash on hand for whatever he might need."

Aside from this, United Airlines, where Sheri worked as a flight attendant, also had its own fundraiser to help with expenses.

Stan is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support coming from friends and even strangers. 

He's not sure how, but he'll have to learn how to live without Sheri.

"It's just so hard because I loved her so much. I built my life around her," said Stan.

Friends also set up a GoFundMe page for Stan.