Madison (WKOW) -- from Madison PD: This Saturday would have been Brittany Zimmermann's 22nd birthday.
As we approach that date, the Madison Police Department has asked Madison residents to continue to remember Brittany in thoughts or prayers.
The private reward fund being offered for information leading to the arrest - and conviction - of the person/persons responsible for her tragic death continues to grow.
It now sits at $14,000.
There would also be up to $1,000 in additional reward money available through Madison Area Crime Stoppers.
Brittany's aunt, Kim Heeg, released the following statement about the anniversary of Brittany's birth:
"What a difference a year makes.... Last year at this time Brittany was looking forward to celebrating her 21st birthday with Jordan (her fiancé) and several friends. The pictures from November 15, 2007 remind us of her amazing smile, sparkling eyes, and beautiful spirit. On November 15, 2008 we will find ourselves praying for answers as to who murdered this incredible young woman. Everyday we reflect on the past months and we are undeniably grateful for the support we have received from the community. Without your help, we never could have established the Brittany Zimmermann Memorial Scholarship and we likely would not have emotionally survived the past seven months. We thank you for your ongoing support with the Brittany Zimmermann Reward Fund and we ask that you contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers with any information that may be helpful in solving this case. Life without Brittany has lead to daily tears and an empty heart and we will never stop searching or fighting for justice for her."
Brittany was killed inside her downtown Madison apartment on April 2, 2008.
The Marshfield native was a UW-Madison student majoring in medical microbiology and immunology.
She had planned to go on to medical school.
Contributions to her reward fund are still requested and accepted.
They can be sent to:
Brittany Zimmermann Reward Fund
C/O Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union
302 W. Upham Street/Marshfield WI 54449
Anyone with information on this case can call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.