Friends & family celebrate Lion with music

Marley Lion's music festival

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Two months ago, John Jamison was planning for his future ahead, which included attending classes at Clemson University with his best friend, Marley Lion.

Those plans changed on June 16th - the day Lion was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking.

Jamison is now planning for something quite different.

"It's good closure, but not really closure, but it helps," Jamison said.

Friends and family of Lion gathered on Sunday at the James Island County Park for the first annual "Marley Lion Music Festival."

"It's a festival to remember Marley," Marley's friend Emily Gossen said.  "It's more to celebrate his life than mourn his death and that's kind of the idea behind it."

Despite a delay as a storm approached, fellow musicians played for Marley.  Some of their guitars had Marley's initials on them.

Matt Finlayson was performing, but without his friend by his side.

"I'm going to play a couple songs he wrote and helped me write.  I played for the talent show with him this year," Finlayson said.

The day also served as a fundraiser for the "Heart of the Lion Fund," which benefits the Coastal Community Foundation.

"His last name was Lion and this guy had the biggest heart and it kind of all fell into place," Gossen said