Columbia Holds Benefit for Deceased Liberty Runner

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COLUMBIA - People gathered at a Columbia restaurant for a benefit in memory of a deceased Missouri runner Sunday afternoon.

Shotgun Pete's BBQ Shack held a benefit for Chad Rogers to raise money for his family. Rogers disappeared after going for a run on July 22. Police found his body four days later. His parents joined the benefit from their home in Liberty.

"The family lost him, the little kid was not even two years old, the wife. And we just felt like, as much as chad gave himself, the decent thing to do to try to give back, to try to maybe make his son's life a little better,"said Philip Peters, owner of Shotgun Pete's.

Peters said all proceeds raised at the benefit will be promptly deposited into the Chad Rogers Memorial trust fund on August 12th. The fund was previously set up at US Bank.

"Chad was a great kid, a wonderful person. If you have a bad day, Chad showed up and you forgot about that. That's the kind of person he was, the energy he had when he walked into a room, very positive all the time," Peters said.

Rogers was an avid runner, completing twelve marathons, and numerous other distance runs.

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