After a violent and shocking attack three months ago in a Hamburg toy store, Larry Wells is gone.
But the former Toys R Us store manager is not forgotten.
The people who loved him most – and others who simply felt bad about his death – will gather tonight to raise money for the family he left behind.
The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.
A pasta dinner and drinks will be served for $25, and a silent auction, raffles and other entertainment are planned.
But memories of and appreciation for Wells are expected to be the main attraction.
Wells, an assistant manager at the toy store, was stabbed by someone who entered the building in the early-morning hours of June 29.
Police collected grainy surveillance photos of a man exiting the store but still do not have a suspect in the murder.
Hamburg police did not return messages left Friday seeking comment on the investigation.
In the days after his death, Wells, 35, of Blasdell, a former substitute teacher and sports fan, was described as a man who loved spending time with his young daughter.
He also left behind his wife, Jill Lucas, who was his high school sweetheart and was pregnant with their second child at the time of his death.
The fun-loving spirit Wells was known for is still fresh in the memory of those who organized the fundraiser.
A website set up for the event, which is sponsored by more than 100 local businesses, includes a goofy photo of Wells sitting inside a shopping cart.
The site is filled with comments from friends and family and condolences from those who heard about the murder and wanted to express their sympathies.
One woman seemed to sum up what the sentiments of the evening will be.“Just wanted to stop by and let you know, you and the family are all in our prayers,” she wrote. “God bless you all.”
Tickets can be ordered by visiting larrywellsbenefit.weebly.com/index.html.