Marley Lion music festival planned for Sunday

Marley Lion

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The death of 17-year-old Marley Lion was a shock to the community. However, friends and family have found a way to come together and honor his life.

Marley Lion was killed on June 17 while he slept in his car in a parking lot in West Ashley. The identity of the killer continues to elude police officers, and they have made no arrests.{}

In an effort to make some good come out of a tragedy, friends and family members of Marley have organized a music festival in his honor.

The idea for the festival originated on June 26th and in 32 days a steering committee was formed. Thursday, an army of volunteers were helping to create the event that hundreds of people can come out and enjoy.

There will be a variety of performances put on by many of Marley's friends and family. Food and drinks will be available at the festival, and there will also be a silent auction and t-shirts available for purchase.

According to the Marley Lion Music Festival website, any profits will go to "The Heart of the Lion Fund," held in the Coastal Community Foundation. The money will fund grants to non-profit organizations that save and restore lives, including organ donation programs and programs that provide clean water to under served populations.

This festival is a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause and honor Marley's memory, not to mention listen to some great music. It's being held at the Stono Shelter at James Island County Park this Sunday, July 29.

Gates open at 3 p.m., and there will be live performances from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is{}$5 and kids 12 and under get in for free.