Named after her grandfather Drew, Dru Sjodin was born on September 26, 1981. She grew up in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, surrounded by loving family: her parents, Linda Walker and Allan Sjodin, her brother Sven Sjodin, her stepfather Sid Walker, as well as her grandparents, aunts and uncles. A beautiful girl with bright blue eyes, Dru was known by all for her warm, friendly nature.
Dru was particularly gifted at making friends and acquaintances alike feel appreciated and was loved by everyone that knew her. Her bubbly personality and buoyant sense of humor were infectious. Popular among her peers, Dru was crowned homecoming queen her senior year of high school.
She attended the University of North Dakota where she made many cherished friendships, and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. An extremely talented and creative individual, Dru studied graphic design and aspired to become an art teacher. One of Dru’s last works of art was the tree which inspired the Dru Campaign logo.
During her time at the University, Dru volunteered with the Clothesline Project (CLP), an organization that provide  victims of domestic violence a voice. Women affected by violence decorate a shirt, which is hung on a clothesline as a testimony to the problem of domestic violence. Dru volunteered with the Clothesline Project, helping to hang the shirts being displayed.
In November 2003, Dru was kidnapped from a local mall parking lot after her shift ended at work. Her abductor, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., a three time convicted sex offender, brutally raped and killed Dru. Her body was found five months later. She was 22 years old.
Above all else, Dru is remembered by all as someone who loved life, and lived every day to its fullest. She will be greatly missed. This website is dedicated to her memory, and to the prevention of gender-based violence.
The DRU CAMPAIGN was launched as a result of the murder of Dru Sjodin in 2003, in efforts to protect youth from gender-based violence and empower the next generation of anti-violence leaders. The CAMPAIGN is a collaborative partnership with Dru’s family and FAIR Fund to honor Dru’s memory.