Grandmother of young gun violence victim serves message of protecting children

Guardians of the Children hold their soup cook-off
Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-12 23:53:03-04

BROOKFIELD - A local biker group along with the family member of a murdered grandchild were in Brookfield Saturday afternoon serving soup as part of a fundraiser for child abuse awareness.

The Guardians of the Children Hawg City biker organization held a soup cook-off to raise money for assisting local children who are victims of abuse and neglect. 

“These babies need to be protected especially when you have these older people [who are] abusing a child who’s defenseless," Maggie Fogl said.

Fogl knows all too well the pain of losing a child as a result of a violent crime. Her granddaughter, Laylah Petersen was shot and killed just more than two years ago while sitting on her grandfather's lap when a group of men fired shots into their home.

“It doesn't get easy, they say it’s supposed to get easy, but it doesn’t," Fogl said.

Fogl said she has good days and bad days as she continues to grapple with the death of her young granddaughter, and the Guardians of the Children have become her support group and what she considers her source of strength.

Several members of the group attended court with her during her granddaughter's trial, and now Fogl attends  court on behalf of other child victims who she calls her own little guardians.

“I always tell Laylah when I go to court dates, Laylah do it for the little babies I know they’re up there with you in heaven," Fogl said.

"Give us just the strength to be there for their voices because they can’t speak anymore," she also said.  

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