PLATTE, S.D. -

Nearly a year ago, tragedy struck the Platte community.

Last September, police say Scott Westerhuis shot his wife, Nicole, and four children before burning their home down and committing suicide.

Investigators believe Westerhuis committed the murder-suicide at his residence following an investigation into the Mid-Central Educational Co-Op.

They believe he and Nicole embezzled more than one million dollars.

On Friday, however, the crime scene turned into a site for an auction.

Hundreds of people gathered on the Westerhuis property in Platte for a large item auction.

Wieman Land and Auction held a live and online auction with what remained of the Westerhuis estate.

That included jet skis, bicycles, and the more than 40 acre estate, itself.

Event coordinator, Gary Wieman said the auction didn't forget what happened last September.

"There is a lot of sympathy, there are a lot of questions but it's a bad situation. We're just trying to make it finalize it and get closure for people,” said Wieman.

Wieman's family has been in business for over 60 years.

For them, this wasn't the first auction that came with a back story.

"We've never done one exactly but certainly a lot of estates and tragic events over the last 60 something years so it's certainly a tragedy,” said Wieman.

Some of those in attendance commented on the public's intrigue with today's auction.

"It’s quite a unique situation so I think people are going to come to see what it's all about,” said Glenda Siemonsma from Dell Rapids.

"It's a sad day for a lot of people but life goes on. It's one of those deals where you just go on with everything and hopefully everything comes out the way they wanted it to,” said Mick O’Connor from Mitchell.

"It's big news across South Dakota so everybody is going to come here and take a look,” said Mike Siemonsma from Dell Rapids.

"I'm sure there's a lot of curiosity and I'm sure there are a lot of people who just came to look,” said Joann Smith from Marion.

Based on participation in Monday's online auction, which sold nearly 300 items, and Friday's live auction, Weiman said the turnout “surpassed expectations.”

The Platte Area Ministerial Association won the bid for the Westerhuis estate.

Pastor Daniel Daum said they hope to make the property a youth and church recreational facility.