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Fundraiser held at Goshen College for murdered professor

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People in Goshen came together to support the family of James Miller, the 58-year-old Goshen College biology professor found murdered at his home on October 9.

In support of the Miller family, Goshen College's food provider AVI hosted a fundraiser at Goshen College on Sunday.

People showed up for the brunch giving cash or checks written out to James's wife Linda.

"It affected us all as a community, thinking that such things could happen where we are," said family friend Leonard Garber.

Police said Miller was stabbed and beaten at his home during a home invasion. Linda Miller also suffered injuries.

Neighbor Leonard Wiebe came the fundraiser. He's known the Millers for four years.

"This was a shock to us, when this happened, and we try to stand by the family," said Wiebe.

Family friend Bertha Bontrager-Rhodes also came to stand by the family. She, like many who came, know the Millers from their Mennonite church.

"They're very pleasant and very calm-mannered, and just special people," said Bontrager-Rhodes.

She's hoping police will catch the man they suspect took the life of such a beloved member of the community, and bring him to justice.

"We're all hoping that whoever did this will come to know the Lord. That's what we're praying for," said Lois Hochstetler, a family friend.

No word on how much money was collected, but about 400 people turned out for the fundraiser.

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