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Better memories being rebuilt where Fargo Officer Jason Moszer was killed

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FARGO—A downtown Fargo neighborhood, that has been associated with grief and tragedy, tonight, has new life.

The Schumacher home and alley, is where Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was shot and killed.

The house was torn down and now Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, and an army of volunteers, are turning the bare lot into a home for someone, who has an incredible story of survival.

Instead of putting tractors together today, more than a dozen volunteers from Case-New Holland grabbed hammers and helped build a house.

They are some of the 275-volunteers who are helping this neighborhood and our community heal. This is where we lost Fargo Officer Jason Moszer more than a year ago. With the house now gone, Lake Agassiz Habitat is working with a family getting ready to move into their first ever home.

"Holy buckets, not even 24 hours, it is so surreal. It is so exciting," said Danielle John.

Danielle John and her four children will be calling this house a home soon.

On Thursday, she met Rachel Moszer, who came to see this place of past grief and tragedy, get new life.

Danielle, overcome with what is now happening.

"10 years ago I was in the life, envisioned being dead. I did not see myself surviving and now it is so hard to believe, I am pinching myself, is this happening," said Danielle.

We first met Danielle during the WDAY documentary, "Trafficked".

At the time, she was beginning life as a survivor.

Now she works with at risk youth, and is preparing for his first ever move in.

"First house, first woman in our family that has ever had a house, we have always rented," Danielle told us.

Now Habitat says one of the misconceptions out there is the recipients get the house for nothing, actually they put in sweat equity and pay back Habitat the cost of the mortgage.

"Her ambition to take something a horrendous situation she lived through and now helping others in their life, using her experience to help build another life for others," said Pete Christopher of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.

"This has been a hard place to drive by for us," said Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd.

Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd spoke candidly of this dark location.

It has been avoided by many, until now.

This is change. Moving forward.

Along with a team of volunteers and sponsors, Rachel Moszer stood just feet from Danielle as they all lifted the symbolic wall that will become part of, not just a house, but a home for Danielle and her four children.

This is the 57th house build for Lake Agassiz Habitat in the metro area over the last 26-years.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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