Two concerts raise more than $7,000 for musician daughter of slaying victim

jkegley@herald-leader.comAugust 11, 2010 

Two months after her mother's unsolved murder, two benefit concerts raised more than $7,000 for a local musician's education, organizers say.

The concerts were held for Almira Fawn Southworth, 13, whose mother, Umi Southworth, 44, was found badly beaten behind her Meadowthorpe Avenue home June 9 and died the next day.

The first concert, at the Kentucky Theatre on Aug. 3, brought in $4,200, organizer Michael Johnathon said. The second concert, at Buster's Billiards and Backroom on Sunday, brought $2,900, organizer Tabatha Levrault said. The money was donated to the Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association's Umi Southworth Memorial Fund for Almira. Donations can be made to the fund at any Central Bank location.

As of Tuesday, no arrest had been made and no suspects had been named in Umi Southworth's slaying. Police say they are still investigating.

Almira is known for singing and playing in Lexington venues.

Almira did not attend either of the recent concerts. Williams and family members say Almira is not in the country, but they would not elaborate except to say that she is safe.

Though she could not be there, organizers said they hoped Almira got the message that the music community cares about her.

Levrault, a local radio disc jockey and friend of the Southworths, said that she hoped to put on a benefit concert yearly for the girl.

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