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Milwaukee police host fundraiser for family of pregnant mother shot on party bus

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- She said it was just a small idea.

“A way of paying it forward, so to speak," Ofc. Juliana Nailen said.

Hot dogs, bags of chips and donation boxes inside the garage at the Milwaukee Police Department District 7 headquarters.

“Everybody deserves support," Nailen added. “I would definitely say it impacted me in a very unexpected way.”

Nailen organized a MPD fundraiser on Saturday to give support to Annie Sandifer’s family.

Sandifer, 33, was shot while on a party bus with family on February 1.

The pregnant, mother died but doctors saved her infant son.

Nailen was the officer who stood by with the boy after he was born.

“Seeing the dad, and the baby, it just kind of made it click that this is the baby’s birthday, so he has to deal with this for the rest of his life, along with his dad and his siblings."

Nearly a month after the shooting it still resonates with Nailen.

When CBS 58 was at the fundraiser, Nailen said they’d already raised $500, and gotten many donations.

“A lot of baby diapers, some people have brought in clothes.”

Officers plan to deliver everything to Sandifer’s husband and the couple’s six children.

Nailen said her efforts are just an extension of Milwaukee police, and the community, showing love after tragedy.

“There’s so many good people that are really impacted by all the violence that occurs and we’re all here for each other."

Antion Haywood is the man charged in Annie Sandifer’s murder.

He is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and returns to court for a hearing on March 9.

If convicted, Haywood faces up to 65 years in prison.

To contribute to a GoFundMe created by Sandifer's family, click here.

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