Zumbathon to remember fallen solider (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

August 31, 2013 Updated Sep 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM EDT

Tioga, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Tioga Center community came together Saturday for a Zumbathon to remember and honor Sgt. Justin Rogers.

Dozens of people filled the Tioga Central Middle School gym for the first Zumbathon in memory of Tioga Center native Sgt. Justin Rogers.

Rogers, 25, died June 28 at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

For the small community, losing Rogers was like losing a member of their own family.

Colleen Powell-Harbin, of Tioga Center, organized the Zumbathon.

"There's been so much pain and sorrow in the community with his loss, and this is something that can take away that pain for just a few hours," Powell-Harbin said.

For Rogers' family, the wound of his loss has yet to heal.

"We miss him. He was a great guy," said Rogers' father, Stosh Vicki. "The pain is still there."

Vicki said Rogers would have been out in the middle of the floor shaking it with everyone else if he was around Saturday.

Rogers played football and wrestled while in high school. In memory of him, all proceeds from the Zumbathon will be donated to a new athletic scholarship in his name.

The Justin Rogers Athletic Sports Scholarship will help future college athletes pay for their education.

Vicki says he also hopes to start another scholarship for students going into the military.