A Northland veteran's memory is serving as the inspiration for auction fundraiser.

Adam Sheda died in 2007, but his family is determined to keep his spirit alive through one of his most beloved possessions.

Sheda was shot and killed in a fight in Duluth a week after he returned from serving the Army for 18 months in Iraq.

His family was given $500,000 in life insurance and benefits after his death, they donated it to orphanages in his honor.

His will also asked that someone continued fixing up his vintage Ford Mustang. The family is donating the proceeds made from auctioning the car off for Chapter 56 Purple Heart, which helps wounded veterans.

Volunteers from the community donated time and materials to fix up the car before the auction.

“This kind of took the senselessness away from it, because God had a plan,” said Adam’s brother Tony Sheda. “He was able to help way more people through Adam than without.”

Adam's car will be officially auctioned off September 17 at 12 p.m. at Bena Ford in Superior.