CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three years after Kathy Goble's horrific murder, her son is working to bring something positive back to her story.
Jason McCartney, Goble's son, and his friend Jeff Crist, organized a Hope Walk in Goble's memory to raise money for domestic violence programs. About 40 people came to Coonskin Park on Saturday morning to contribute money and help out.
"There's just been so much negative around the whole situation and that's not what mom was about," McCartney said. "She was about compassion and caring and trying to help people out."
Crist said that he and McCartney were talking about what to do with the donations McCartney received after his mother's funeral, and this is what they came up with.
"Our motivation is to make something good out of something that was really bad," Crist said. "What happened to Kathy, not only did it traumatize the whole family, but it traumatized a community."
The money they raise will go to buy a new playground and a computer for preschoolers at YWCA Resolve's women's shelter.
Goble was strangled, dismembered and buried by Charles March, a longtime co-worker, three years ago. Police could find no trace of Goble for two years until March's son found human remains while filling in a sinkhole in his backyard.
During the initial search for Goble police used search dogs to try to find her.
McCartney's German shepherd puppy, Deuce, is training to be a search and rescue dog. McCartney and Deuce led the walkers around Herscher Lake at Coonskin Park.
Goble's friends and family remembered her fondly and said she would have been proud of the event.
"Everybody showing up and being here will show a lot of memories; how she knew people, how she affected people," McCartney said. "She's smiling, she's looking down on us smiling right now."
Sheri Johnson worked for years with Goble at Kelley's Men's Shop on the West Side of Charleston. They vacationed together at Myrtle Beach. Johnson said that Kelley's used to do benefits for the YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for homeless women.
"We used to do a lot of things," Johnson said. "Christmas gifts for the kids and baskets. Kathy was always more than willing, every time.