• Community comes together to raise money for missing mother's children

    By: Lauren Coleman


    A benefit concert was held Sunday night to support the children of a missing Memphis mother. 

    Keila Ashford Freeman went missing five months ago. 

    Nearly a hundred people came to the Phoenix in Midtown Memphis to support Freeman. 

    Sorority Sister Kyle McGowan had the idea to put together the concert.

    "It's just been amazing to have so many people help this little idea of mine come to life," McGowan said. 

    Freeman remains missing after disappearing in September. 

    In October, police dug behind a home searching for any trace of her, but turned up nothing. 

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    McGowan said Freeman's disappearance has been hard on the family. 

    "Not knowing is the hardest part," McGowan said. "I think that if we just had some answers thing would be a lot better." 

    The money from the concert will go to Freeman's mother who is caring for her two children during her absence. 

    Local female artists from around the Mid-South took the stage.   

    "It's supposed to be a night about the empowerment and celebration of the strength of women," McGowan explained. 

    "A lot of us who are involved in this, bond of us knew Keila," Lyons Entertainment Founder Tundrea Lyons said. 

    "We never know we would have this much emotion for someone we never met." 

    McGowan said after tonight she hopes he community will keep saying Freeman's name. 

    "This is the main purpose of this event," McGowan said.

    "We want people in the media and the city to still say her name until she gets here." 

    The concert was sponsored by Lyons Group Entertainment and One Sound Studios. 






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