FARGO – When Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was killed in the line of duty in February 2016, the shooter's home and the alley where Moszer went down became places associated with tragedy.
But on Wednesday, Oct. 4, that north Fargo neighborhood became a place of rebirth, with Jason's widow, Rachel Moszer, and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers helping to build a new house where the home of the shooter once stood on Ninth Avenue North.
Rachel Moszer’s family and friends, including her father Mike Beckett, showed up to help side the new house.
“It makes us feel good,” Beckett said. “Real good. She's very strong. Family has been very good at supporting her. She asked us to be a part of this.”
For Rachel Moszer, who has helped in family construction projects before, the volunteer shift at the Habitat site was a time to show support for the family getting the new house. At a spot that has long been a reminder of what was lost here and how support came for her then.
“This project isn’t about me and my family,” Rachel Moszer said. “This project is about giving back to the community and paying it forward because so many people did so much for us when we needed it, so it just feels right.”
Danielle John, a sex trafficking survivor, and her children will soon call this home. John is mindful of the strength and courage it took Rachel Moszer and her crew to come do this.
“You gotta find the good in the bad in order to move on and be able to live life as I've had to do – so has Rachel,” John said. “Even though our stories are completely different, there’s still very, very similar in our healing process.”
The hope is to have the Habitat house ready by Jan. 1.