Benefit concert fundraises for slain Chesapeake family

Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 23:14:17-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A benefit concert was held this week to collect donations for the Dooley family.

The six family members were killed in a horrific murder-suicide back on January 27th in Chesapeake.

The concert began on Tuesday, the day that the six family members were buried, according to close family friends, and ended on Saturday.

"You can't really help emotionally, you kind of have to go through that process, so we wanted to help in another way which would be monetarily," says Donna Davis, a close friend of the family. "It's going to be an expensive course to bury six people, so we decided to use out talents that God gave us to have something for them."

The concert was held at the Deep Creek Baptist Church. Organizers say most church members were very close to the Dooley family.

The event was free, but collected donations to benefit the Doris Dooley fund account at Towne Bank.

"Everyone has donated their time, the church has donated everything," says Davis. "It hasn't cost us anything"

"God has shown his light in the darkness on this one, it's made people think about relationships, and it's made people in this community come together a lot better," says Victor Spense, a member of the church.

Spense says he wants the community to continue the support.

"We need to keep pushing until they can take care of what they need to take care of financially."

Organizers say you can still donate to the account by calling any local Towne Bank.

On February 8th, there will be another benefit at the Texas Roadhouse in Greenbrier on 1546 Sam's Circle. If you present a flyer, which will be available at the restaurant, ten percent of food sales will go towards the Doris Dooley fund.

A BBQ dinner will also be held on February 13th at Deep Creek Methodist Church. All proceeds will go towards the Doris Dooley fund.