Fundraiser to help murder victim's children

Kelly Hunnewell
Kelly Hunnewell

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - "When bad things happen to good people we want to do whatever we can to help."

Tony Spain owns Ale House Lounge in Columbia. He's one of many in the community who are taking action after a violent, senseless crime happened only feet away from his business.

In July, 33-year-old Kelly Hunnewell was killed during her early morning shift at a nearby bakery. It was a shift the mother of four worked in order to spend more time with her children.

Although Columbia Police arrested and charged the three men, all documented gang members, they believe are responsible, her family is left picking up the pieces.

"There's four children that don't have a mother now and that just breaks our hearts," said Spain.

Hunnewell became the victim that July morning because her accused killers failed to break into his bar.

The case has captivated thousands in the area and now, almost a month and a half later, people across the Midlands are pitching in to help.

Dozens of local businesses have offered their support to the children Hunnewell left behind

"We have raised more than 4 thousand dollars in money and auction items and raffle gifts," said Spain. "All the proceeds from the event is going to go to Kelly Hunnewell's children, to help raise her children."

Hunnewell's family is grateful for the help.  They released the following statement:

"We are very grateful of all the support of family, friends, and the community has done. That is the main thing we want to make known."

The event is Saturday from 2-10 p.m. at the Original Ale House Lounge on Tommy Circle in Columbia.

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