Leroy Smith Jr. loved to get together and jam with his friends at The Kennebec Wharf, so it makes sense that those same friends and others will gather there to remember he and raise money to help lay him to rest.

The Leroy Smith Benefit Bash and Memorial Jam is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at 132 Water St. in Hallowell.

“The world as we know it lost an amazing, kind, caring and all-around good person when Leroy Smith was taken from us so tragically,” reads the flier announcing the benefit. “Help us remember Leroy the way he lived, with music, friends and fun.”

Police have said that Smith, 56, was killed by his son, Leroy Smith III, 24, in the apartment the men shared on Cannard Street in Gardiner on May 3. Smith’s remains were discarded in the woods off Lincoln Street in Richmond. His son, who has been charged with murder, has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Smith had no life insurance and friends have said a funeral will be a financial burden.

The band Working Class, which at one time included Smith, will perform during the memorial jam, but all musicians are welcome to take their instruments and play along.

The potluck supper is open to the public, and those who attend are encouraged to bring something to share. There will be a 50/50 drawing and donations will be accepted.

An online fundraiser has raised more than $5,800 in two days. A comment posted by the Red Barn restaurant’s Alicia Barnes, who established the website, said any money beyond the funeral expenses will be donated to a cause that helps families with mental illness. To make a donation, visit GoFundMe.com and search for Leroy Smith.

For information on the benefit, email [email protected]

Craig Crosby can be contacted at 621-5642 or at:

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