Appreciation lunch planned for investigators in Saginaw slaying

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Kim Hudspeth’s family has been deeply affected by the death of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher on July 1 in Saginaw.

“We live two streets from where she was found,” Hudspeth said. “This is so close to home. There’s so many kids in our area. It could have been anybody.”

Her 16-year-old son, Kyle Pippi, often drives by the makeshift memorial for Alanna on his way home from work and stops to relight candles. Recently, her 19-year-old daughter, Taylor Pippi, had an idea.

“Taylor came in and said, ‘Mom, I think we need to have a dinner for all the police, for all the hard work they’ve put in’,” Hudspeth said.

So, on Monday, thanks to contributions from area businesses, Hudspeth and her family plan to feed lunch to about 300 people who have been involved in Alanna’s case, including local, state and federal investigators.

The appreciation luncheon will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 W. McLeroy Blvd. El Sombrero, JR.’s Cafe, Albertsons, Chicken Express and Zoebella’s Confection are donating food and supplies.

“All it’s taken is one phone call, and everybody’s been more than willing to do anything,” Hudspeth said.

Although the food is reserved for those working the case, Hudspeth said, the public is welcome to stop by and offer support.

The suspect in Alanna’s slaying, Tyler Holder, was shot in the head while being arrested on July 23 at his Saginaw home. He is under guard in serious condition at John Peter Smith Hospital. Holder has been charged with attempted capital murder in the shooting of Arlington police Detective Charles Lodatto and is expected to be charged with capital murder in Alanna’s death. Holder’s bail totals $1 million.

Lodatto went home from the hospital Monday.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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