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Marley Lion remembered through music

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By Stefanie Bainum
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JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Music and community were two things friends of 17-year-old Marley Lion say he lived for.

"We just wanted to get together and celebrate his life in what he loved best; all of our friends here, music, food, he would have loved this," said Marley Lion's classmate and friend, Arden Turkawitz.

The Marley Lion Music Festival was held on Sunday to honor the Academic Magnet graduate who police say was shot and killed while sleeping in his car in the Famous Joe's parking lot in West Ashley.

"This whole thing is to celebrate and honor his life rather than mourn his death," said classmate Emily Gossen of the music festival.

"You want to celebrate the life instead of celebrate the death, otherwise you become a prisoner to what somebody else did," said Marley Lion's pastor, Rev. John Brown of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church.

More than a hundred people turned out for Sunday's event. The focus was not on the future, but on the past 17 years of Marley Lion's life.

"He was someone that everyone respected and looked up to and follow his suit and everyone's role model and everyone just looked to him to see what was next," Turkawitz said.

Lion was headed to Clemson University in the fall with Turkawitz, who says she's now faced with starting the next chapter of her life without Lion by her side.

"The saddest I get is when I picture the first day of Clemson and him not being there because we always planned it and were really excited to be there together," Turkawitz said.

All proceeds from the music festival go to ‘Heart of a Lion'. The non-profit was started in honor of Lion with funds going to his favorite charity causes including providing countries with clean water and saving lives through organ donations.

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