Buffalo Wild Wings hosts fundraiser for slain Vancleave teen

Buffalo Wild Wings hosts fundraiser for slain Vancleave teen
Cliff's cousin has been charged with his murder. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Cliff's cousin has been charged with his murder. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - April 6 would have been a dream day for Cliff Allyn.

Shane Lester, star of the cable series Street Outlaws New Orleans, signed autographs and brought his muscle car, Da Hellion, for show. The University of Alabama colors were worn loud and proud.

However, the event wasn't all fun and games. It was to help Cliff's family out following his murder.

"This means everything to me. I never thought the community could come together and actually do this for my child. I didn't realize he was so loved," said Jennifer Smith, Cliff's mother. "I miss my son. I want him back."

Buffalo Wild Wings in Gulfport donated 20 percent of all food sales to the family, and Lester gave 100 percent of all autograph sales. The event was organized by Cliff's aunt, Melissa Keeton, who was overwhelmed by the support.

"It's more important than you know," said Keeton. "It's what gets you through the day."

The 16-year-old from Vancleave was found dead on March 31. Charged in his death was his first cousin, 19-year-old Dexter Kelly, who was denied bond on Tuesday.

"It's a hard time. There are times it just overwhelms the senses. The feelings. It doesn't seem real. I keep expecting to hear Cliff or get a call from him," said family member Donna Campbell.

Those overwhelmed include 9-year-old Trent Campbell, who is left grieving the loss of his big brother.

"I don't think he should have died. I would think it would be someone else. He was my best brother of the world and he meant a lot to me. Like, very much," said Trent.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean Springs Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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