SPRING HILL, Kan. -- Ashley Harlan was found dead in a home in Olathe in January. She was 20 weeks pregnant.
Harlan, 23, spent the last months of her life helping other women as a transitional house manager in Homestead Ministries, a program she graduated from herself.
"So she would take the ladies to appointments, to jobs, she was there with them cheering them on,” said Jane Stewart, Harlan’s Aunt.
Homestead helps women who have survived sex trafficking and abuse.
Saturday friends, family and community members from her hometown of Spring Hill, gathered to honor Harlan and raise money for funeral costs and Homestead Ministries.
Harlan’s aunt Nikki Chapman says she wants people to remember Ashley for who she was and what she did for others. “She was a beautiful young lady, always smiled, full of life,” said Chapman.
Friends and family say raising money for the program is what Harlan would have wanted.
“I just knew her heart and she was just a joy to be around and what God had done in her life and all the girls she mentored to that's where my heart was,” said James Campbell who organized the event.
For more information on donating to the Ashley Harlan Memorial Fund and Homestead Ministries click here: https://www.gofundme.com/ashley-harlan-memorial-fund