Memorial soccer tournament for slain Spruce Grove women now in its 5th year
'It's been 5 years, we keep saying that. It would be just really nice to just have something'
Twelve teams got together in Spruce Grove to raise awareness about their friend's cold case through the game they love.
Jolene Cote was found dead in 2011. Police ruled the 36-year-old's death a homicide, but her case remains unsolved and no charges have been laid.
Her family is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to an arrest.
The annual Jolene Cote Memorial Soccer Tournament helped raise the reward money. This year, it's fifth, saw a little over 200 people participate.
Donations now go to KidSport, an organization that provides financial assistance to children who can't afford sports equipment or registration fees.
Organizer Kerri Fogarty said Cote had an impact on many in the Spruce Grove community.
"Jolene was such a wonderful person and was a teacher here in Spruce Grove and coached," said Fogarty. "She just had such a remarkable influence on so many people."
Cote worked as a Grade 9 teacher and coached soccer at the Spruce Grove middle school. She joined the Spruce Grove Saints in 2011. On the night of her death she played in a tournament, much like this one, with the team.
Fogarty was a teammate of Cote's and one of the last people to see her alive. She says it's difficult not knowing what happened to her friend.
"It's been five years, we keep saying that," said Fogarty.
"It would be just really nice to just have something."