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Fundraiser to be held for murder victim's family

CONYERS - When Kim Campbell's cousin Timothy Clements was murdered in June, she knew she had to help the family out.

Two fishermen found the body of Clements, 55, a Conyers landscaper, on June 12 in Snapping Shoals Creek in Newton County. Within a few days, investigators arrested and charged four in connection with his death.

Campbell said her cousin's death has caused financial strain on his family. She said Clements had contracted Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion at a young age and he had only one kidney, among some other health problems, so he was never able to get or afford life insurance.

Now, his wife Barbara and their children, 11-year-old Lindsay and 16-year-old Kyle, are left without the extra income.

"Both of his kids are in private schools, and she'd like to keep them there, so we are trying to help them out," Campbell said.

Clements' friends and family organized one benefit for his family at Porterdale Bar & Grill that raised over $2,000.

Now, they are trying to collect even more money for the family.

From 3 until 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23, a benefit will be held at the American Legion Post 77, located at 674 Legion Road in Conyers.

"We will be celebrating Tim's life and having some fun," Campbell said.

Entrance cost is $5. Doors open at 2 p.m.

The main attraction for the event is a musical performance by the band The Shining. The husband and wife team, Grant and Gina Suddeth, who played in Conyers until about 13 years ago, will perform from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

"We were best friends, so we want to try to help raise money for his family," Gina said. "He was so funny, and he'd give the shirt off his back to help anybody. He was a good person."

From 2 until 6:30 p.m., the benefit will hold a silent auction. Auction items include a one-hour helicopter ride for up to three people, one year of free lawn service for fertilization and weed control from Forever Gro, a Vera Wang handbag, autographed books from Darrell Huckaby and a 150-gallon aquarium tank and supplies, among other items.

An online eBay auction also will be held that features a signed baseball from Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, items from Aikens Ford and an autographed hockey puck from the Detroit Redwings.

The event also features two raffles - one at 2:30 p.m. and another at 5 p.m.

Prizes include donations of concert tickets, CDs, gift certificates and other special prizes from radio stations like Star 94, Kicks 101.5 and 94.9 The Bull, and gift certificates and items from local restaurants and businesses.

Raffle tickets are $5 each.

"The donations we have received have been overwhelming," Campbell said. "It touches my heart and reminds me of just how kind people truly are. We are humbled and gracious for all of the support we have gotten."

A bank account, the Timothy Clements Memorial Fund, also is set up at any Bank of America location to accept donations to the family.

Friends and family hope to hold more benefits in honor of Clements in the future.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Fundraiser for the Family of Timothy Clements

· When: Starting at 2 p.m. Aug. 23

2 p.m. - doors open

2-6:30 p.m. - silent auction

2:30 p.m. - first raffle

3-6:30 p.m. - music by The Shining

5 p.m. - second raffle

· Where: American Legion Post 77, 674 Legion Road, Conyers

· Cost: Entrance and raffle tickets: $5 per ticket