Benefit dinner held for slain Corning woman

Anjelika Deno's former co-workers and neighbors cook spaghetti in the kitchen of the Tehama County Veterans Memorial Hall to raise money for her funeral.

Corning residents gathered at the Tehama County Veterans Memorial Hall on Thursday night, to raise money for the family of Anjelika Deno, a special-ed administrator who was killed earlier this month.

A spaghetti dinner was cooked in a small kitchen, in the back of the hall, by former co-workers and neighbors of Deno. All proceeds went to cover the cost of her funeral.

Johnnie Taylor, a former neighbor and co-worker of Deno's, remembered her fondly.

"She was always helping students that had disabilities regardless of- excuse me- the depth of their disabilities, she would always help them," Taylor said.

Nearly everyone in the kitchen was a relative of Taylor's. Raising money to pay off Deno's funeral expenses became something of a family effort for them.

After four hours of selling spaghetti dinners, Taylor and the other cooks raised $1,385. That money, along with money raised from other fundraising events for Deno, brought them to a total of $6,409. Funeral expenses for Deno totaled $9,700.

If more money is not brought in through donations, Deno's family will have to pay for the remainder out of pocket. Donations can be made directly to Hall Brothers, a funeral home in Corning.

Deno was killed on October 9th. Law enforcement believe her son is responsible for the crime. Her funeral was held on October 22nd.

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