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Benefit planned for Waseca family attacked by intruder

Associated Press

WASECA, Minn. — Family members say a Waseca woman faces a long road to recovery months after she was shot by an intruder.

Hilary Kruger, 41, remained hospitalized Wednesday, nearly three months after the shooting that killed her husband, Tracy, and their son Alec, 13.

Hilary Kruger was shot in the arm and liver.

Her arm was amputated, and she was moved to the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics to be near world-class liver specialists.

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"It’s been pretty awful, every breath is a struggle," said her mother, Pat Earle, at a news conference Tuesday night in Waseca.

"She’s a very strong, wonderful woman."

A 24-year-old farm worker, Michael Zabawa has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the February deaths.

Meanwhile, a fundraiser is planned for June 9 at the Waseca County Fairgrounds to benefit Hilary Kruger and her son Zak, 10, who was staying at a friend’s home the night of the slayings.

Zak has been living with his uncle, Tony Kruger. Kruger said Zak is excelling at school and life "is as normal as we can get it for him."

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