Edson concert to raise scholarship to honour slain teen
A concert in Edson, Alta., on Saturday night aims to raise money to establish a scholarship in the name of a 14-year-old girl who was found slain in September.
Emily Stauffer was killed on Sept. 27 as she walked on a residential trail in the town of just 8,000, approximately 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.
No arrests have made and no cause of death has been released.
A fundraising event, including a concert and silent auction, is being held to honour Emily's memory and to raise money for a music scholarship in her name.
Axel Axmann organized "An Evening for Emily," which takes place at the Edson Legion.
He said all proceeds will be used to support an art form Emily loved.
"The scholarship will be set up to go towards a program called Strings and Keys. It's a summer music program for piano and strings. Its purpose is to provide a fun and supportive atmosphere for young people to meet and learn and inspire each other," he said.
Emily participated in the 2008 Strings and Keys program in the summer before she was killed.
The Stauffer family gave their blessing to the event, Axmann said.
"I didn't want to do something that they weren't comfortable with, so I went through some back channels and got a message to them," Axmann said. "I had a phone call from Pastor Terry, Emily's father ... and he talked it over with his family and they are in support of what we're doing so that was very important to us."
Axmann said he hopes to fill the Legion with a capacity crowd of 350 people.