PORTLAND --Carrying red roses and sad hearts, the Wasabi Paddling Club came together to remember the late Nancy Bergeson, a federal attorney and avid dragon boat racer.
"Three years ago she was murdered in her home in the middle of the afternoon," said Pamela Hull, president of the Wasabi Paddling Club.
Bergeson's murder in her Southeast Portland home remains unsolved. An autopsy determined she was strangled. Her paddling friends say they're committed to making sure this frustrating case stays open and active.
"There's a lot of people who need peace and just knowing why something so unjust happened to her is a way to get there," said Lisa Hunt who was close friends with Bergeson.
Portland police say detectives want more leads in the case, but they are not giving up. Portland's cold case unit are now assisting detectives in the case.
Out on the water in two dragon boats, Bergeson's friends and teammates took in the emotional moment. They dropped red roses into the water in memory of their inspirational friend.
"She was great and traveled to all our international races," said Hull. "She really was our shining light."
Violet Trachetenberg was the only paddler who never met Bergeson. She is a freshman at Stanford University thanks to the Nancy Bergeson Scholarship.
"I feel such a close connection to her because she was an educator before a lawyer and that's what I'm passionate about," said Trachetenberg.
The river's current took the roses away, but Bergeson's memory will endure, thanks to her loyal paddling friends.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward in the case. Tips can also be called in to 503-823-HELP.