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Published August 06, 2013, 06:49 PM

Hundreds show support, share stories of inspiration after sudden death of QFM radio host

Hundreds of people are showing their support to QFM radio this Tuesday, following the sudden death of host Kerri Drees.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Hundreds of people are showing their support to QFM radio this Tuesday, following the sudden death of host Kerri Drees.

Emails, texts, tweets and Facebook posts have been pouring in from listeners wanting to share how Drees impacted their lives, QFM staffers say. WDAZ spoke with Kerri's cohost Josh Jones and QFM general manager Phil Ehlke who both told us that they're still in shock that Kerri is gone.

Jones says that Kerri died in surgery Monday morning while having a lap band removed. Ehlke is planning an on-air tribute to Kerri Wednesday from 8 am to 1 pm and is inviting people to stop by the Grand Forks studio or call in to share stories. Both Jones and Ehlke say while they are still grieving, they want to make sure Kerri's energetic personality continues to shine through.

"We want to celebrate her life. We don't want this week to go by without a real celebration of who she was and what she stood for and the talent and gift that she had," said Jones. "We've been getting texts and e-mails and phone calls and the outpouring of support has been amazing, just from everybody that we've talked to."

Jones says instead of donating flowers, people can make donations in Kerri's honor to Shine the Light Incorporated and the Circle of Friends Humane society. Kerri's visitation will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Forks. The funeral starts at 1 and is open to the public.

Ehlke says Kerri was a major believer in the cross and encourages those planning to attend the funeral to bring a cross to place by the casket.

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