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Anthony Fund started to honor La Crosse murder victim

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One year after the shooting death of a tavern employee in downtown La Crosse, his family and friends have found different ways to honor his memory. 

A gathering to remember 19-year-old Anthony Fimple took place on Sunday at a traffic circle dedicated to him on Madison Street. 

Anthony’s father, Gus Fimple, has launched a memorial fund, called the Anthony Fund, to raise money for causes that were important to him.

Gus says that in Anthony’s room, you would see books about John Muir and Aldo Leopold, dealing with nature. “These are things that really, really were important to him, conservation, nature,” said Gus.

The fund will also be used to develop housing for the homeless, with one project being planned in Holmen already.    

Anthony Fimple was shot and killed in June of 2020 while working as a bouncer at the former Twisted Moose bar on 3rd Street bar, by a customer he had thrown out of the building that night. 

“It was a horrible situation, senseless,” Gus said, speaking to people gathered at the Madison Street traffic circle dedicated to Anthony. “We’re trying to turn it into a positive.”

The fund will be administered by the La Crosse Community Foundation.

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.