LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  A Louisville woman found brutally murdered and left under a mound of clothing is remembered by her loved ones. Now close friends are trying to raise money for her family as they fight for justice.

“She was my best friend. She was like a sister to me and I miss her so much,” Kim Emmons told WDRB News.

It's been nearly two weeks since the body of Connie Thomas was found in her apartment, but the pain is stronger than ever.

“She was just a real giving person, real sweet,” Toni Lange said.

“She was a fun, loving, caring person. She cracked everyone up,” Emmons said.

Saturday afternoon, Thomas' closest friends held a fundraiser at Cornerstone Cottage. Everything raffled off from candles to U of L gear belonged to the 54-year-old.

“It just helps people remember her in a positive light and that's kind of what we want to do because she was such a good person,” Lange said.

It also raised money to help her family with various expenses.

“They have to come in from out of town. You know just a lot of things that are involved,” Lange said.

Including traveling to and from Louisville for when her ex-boyfriend Johnathon Herndon appears in court. Police said he killed Thomas and lived with her dead body for several days. Friends added Thomas was trying to help Herndon turn his life around.

“It's just sad that he wanted to take advantage of her like that,” Lange said.

But above all, the day was spent sharing special stories of Thomas and how she loved to play match maker.

“My husband passed away in 2007, and she said I've got a friend you're just gonna love,” Emmons said.

And Thomas was right. Her friend Kim Emmons got remarried in 2010.

“It was a blessing in disguise. She matched us up perfectly -- she was in my wedding,” Emmons said.

A kind soul that made the world a little brighter is how she’ll be remembered.

“I mean she's here in spirit with us. She will always be in my heart, always,” Emmons said.

Herndon's next court date is scheduled for Monday.

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