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Scottsdale murder victim had made a big transition

Sarah Drewer had lost about 85 pounds in less than a year, a long-time friend said.

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Domestic violence victim’s fight lives on

Sarah Drewer was on a mission to improve her life. She’d lost about 85 pounds, had a protective order served against the man who had abused her for years and was living with her parents.

A group of best friends knew Sarah’s schedule — she worked nights, saw the kids off to school in the morning and then went to the gym. They’d been checking on Sarah every 15 minutes around the clock until she stopped responding about 10 minutes before 8 a.m. on Feb. 3.

“We knew something tragic had happened.” said Jill Bauman, co-owner of Bauman’s Xtreme Training where Sarah trained. Bauman said she had known Sarah, 33, since Sarah was in the second grade and helped her get in shape.

Scottsdale police said Doug Drewer, 46, shot his wife at about 8:30 a.m. outside their home near 68th Street and Chaparral Road, and then killed himself.

On the morning she died, Sarah didn’t tell anyone she was going back to the house to grab clothes for her two children and some other necessities, Bauman said. Scottsdale Police on Thursday confirmed that Sarah went to the house to retrieve property.

“This all went down so fast,” she said. “She made one mistake and went back to the house.”

Bauman’s Xtreme Training will host “Sarah’s Workout” at 7 a.m. Saturday in Scottsdale. The workout will be followed by a prayer and balloon release. Representatives from Washington Federal Bank will be on hand to accept donations for a memorial fund, which will benefit her two children and domestic violence prevention.

Scottsdale police had served a protective order against Doug Drewer four days before the incident and removed guns from the house. Court records show the couple’s problems had been ongoing since at least 2009, when Sarah Drewer requested a protective order against her husband because she feared for her life and he had weapons in the house.

“None of us feel like the system failed her,” Bauman said about Sarah’s close-knit friends. “None of us are pointing fingers.”

Bauman said Sarah started the weight-loss journey less than a year ago. She compared her to the late comedian, Robin Williams, because she used her sense of humor to mask her struggles. When Sarah did confide in friends about the hardships, Bauman said she did it with dignity and grace.

“The funnier she was, the more she was suffering,” Bauman said.

When it came to workouts, Bauman described Sarah as hard working, laser-focused, the first one to arrive at the heated gym and the last to leave. The exercise facility became a safe haven where Sarah could forget about her situation, she said.

“She loved punching the bag and would stay there for an hour straight,” Bauman said. “I’m assuming that is where she dumped a lot of her sadness and anger.”

The hard work paid off. In addition to losing the weight, Bauman said Sarah had recently developed a new sense of hope that manifested in her eyes and her skin.

“She literally went from this dark face to a face of hope and light and joy,” Bauman said.

The physical transformation empowered Sarah to get away from the abuse and gave her another mission — to coach women on losing weight and cleansing their bodies, Bauman said.

“She had an endearing quality,” Bauman said. “She was absolutely an angel on earth.”

12 News Reporter Krystle Henderson contributed to this story

Donations to the Sarah Drewer Memorial Fund can be made at any Washington Federal Bank location or by clicking here