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Efforts underway to help murder victim's daughter

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

One month after the death of Umi Southworth and still no arrests made for her murder, but the community is giving back by raising money for Southworth's daughter.

Umi Southworth was found by police beaten behind her apartment complex and thought to be dead.

Hours later the coroner discovered she was still alive but only survived a little while longer.

An internal investigation by Lexington Police is ongoing to figure out why it took so long to make the discovery.

The traumatic event has the community yearning to help out anyway they can.

Days after Southworth's death Dave Craig and employees at Fazoli's, where Southworth worked, started collecting for a fund for Almira Fawn, the 12 year old daughter of Southworth.

Thursday, Craig deposited $5,200 into an account for Fawn's continuing education.

Craig says, "We're hoping that in a small way this can be a remembrance of Umi and what she meant to us."

Two concerts are planned to help raise money for Fawn's education as well.

On August 3rd at the Kentucky Theater, a concert Will be held featuring JP Pennington, J.D. Crowe, and Michael Jonathon and the Hippie Chick String Quartet.

Tickets to the event are $20, you can call (859) 225-4020 for reservations.

Michael Johnathon says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Almira Fawn education fund.

Johnathon says he chose to put together a concert because music is such a big part of Fawn's life.

"Almira is a 12 year old singer, songwriter. This will celebrate her kind of music," Says Johnathon.

More information is available at http://www.almirafawnbenefit.com/

Another concert is being put together at Busters in Lexington. It's scheduled for August 8th and will also include a silent auction.

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