The family of a soldier who was shot and killed in Lompoc is showing its appreciation to Mi Amore Pizza and Pasta after the restaurant hosted a fundraiser benefiting them.
The restaurant held the fundraising event from 4-9 p.m. on Monday, in which the owner said there was a line out the door for a good portion of the night.
Mi Amore Pizza and Pasta promised to donate 50% of proceeds from all dine-in, take out and to-go orders to Brumfield’s family. The owner says they raised $2,000 in tips and $4,000 in sales and donations for a grand total of $6,000.
The family was overwhelmed by the love and support they felt from the community.
"They were in tears. The one sister was really upbeat; Kayla, she came back, and I gave her a big hug. I told her we loved her and whatever we can do to keep her going through this time," said Cliff Smith, owner of Mi Amore Pizza and Pasta.
Smith says he met Brumfield once, and that the victim’s sister used to work at the restaurant.
Brumfield was a specialist E-4 in the Army. He was shot and killed on September 8 while visiting his family on his two-week leave from the base in Germany where he was stationed.
There will be a march held in Brumfield’s honor on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Lompoc.
His family says the march will begin at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary and end at City Hall.