Family, friends and food trucks: Fargo celebrates life of Jason Halvorson

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Local food trucks were serving up their finest around lunchtime on Tuesday, but that wasn't the only draw. Friends and family of Jason Halvorson say they’re remembering him through his passion.

Hot dogs, tacos, tater tots: Fargo's finest food truck eats were all available in one place—as grill masters celebrated one of their own. Some 10 food trucks sat in the Fargo Cass Public Health parking lot Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One with a “For Sale” sign on it, bearing the words, “Texas BBQ: Put Some South in Yo’ Mouth” is where we found Kate Holten.

Holten was engaged to Jason Halvorson—the Fargo man gunned down near his food truck in early June.

"The incident is something that happened,” she says, “but this is how I want to remember him."

Holten says Halvorson introduced her to the ‘tight-knit’ food truck community.

"Just being around people, and serving and the love of food," she says.

Once Holten began planning the event, she says the idea spread like wildfire. Holten says it’s her way of continuing to give Halvorson her love.

"With an event like this,” she says, “I can show love and so can the community. And it's about healing with food and friends and love."

Holten says she’s selling the late pit boss’s truck—which she refers to as the “Texas Q.”

"All proceeds from the truck will go back to his parents that have incurred costs," she says.

Down the way from Halvorson’s food truck, a man who says he goes by “Box” was selling food from his two stands: “Top Dog Hot Dog” and “Soul Taco.” We filmed Box putting a hot dog together, but he wouldn’t let us show his secret ingredients.

"We lost one of the food leaders, man...he definitely was a pioneer," Box says.

"Jay was so passionate about the food truck scene in Fargo-Moorhead,” Holten says, “that he was a champion really for getting it started and rolling with the Fargo Food Truck Fridays."

"He just kept fighting...let's open it up,” Box says. “Open up the streets."

For all the people there to enjoy the street food, many actually knew Halvorson, and say they came to remember his larger than life personality.

Cassie Schmidt was at the event with a large bag full of goodies she was bringing back to her family. When we stopped her randomly, she told us she was a lifelong friend of Halvorson’s.

"He knew everyone...Jay was somebody that if you knew him you never forget him,” Schmidt says. “He had a big personality, he had an even bigger heart."

And while friends and family are still recovering from the tragedy, they tell us this is how they want Halvorson to be remembered: through the comfort of food.

"I think this is probably exactly what he would have wanted," Schmidt says.

Kate Holten tells us there will be more events, but not until the trial connected to Halvorson's murder is wrapped up. She says that could be a long and drawn out process.