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Friends throwing benefit show to remember homicide victim

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a day of searching, police have arrested a teenager they believe was involved in a shooting Monday that turned deadly.  Meanwhile, his friends are trying to keep the victim's memory alive.

Friends of Michael Chester, also known as "DeeJay Emcee" with the Riddim Warriors, say he was well known in the music scene and they want to remember him the way he was before his life was taken.

"Negative energy only promotes negative energy," said Michael Chester's best friend, AJ Henry.

Their mutual friend, Chad Nanna, also known as "DJxNightmare," echoed the same sentiment.  "Violence promotes violence and if we come together in celebration in someone's life versus doing the instead of being upset and being mad," said Nanna.  "You should honor what he had, honor the person he was, honor what he was into."

Both said they wanted to try to see the silver lining in a tragic situation.

Those who knew 27-year-old Michael Chester say he was well known in the Louisville Underground music scene.  "He was a deejay first and foremost in the electronica music industry," said Braylyn Stewart, a friend of Chester's.

"He loved going out supporting all of his friends."

They said they want to remember him the way he was before his life was taken.  They are putting together a memorial show to raise money for his family for funeral expenses and establish a trust fund for his three year old daughter to do just that.

"Do what we do best and put on a show because Michael loved to put on a show," said Nanna.

Chester was killed on Monday when police say 18-year-old Darrell Jackson shot him in his apartment. After searching for more than a day, police arrested Jackson and charged him with murder and tampering with physical evidence.  Friends say they are happy the suspect has been caught, but the result is still the same.

"It's not going to give us him back," said Stewart.

"But it will give us some sort of closure. Or steps towards closing what's been going on. But it's just something that none of us could have planned or any of us could've seen coming because he's such a good guy."

They said though Michael will not be there to see it, they say the show will go on in his memory.  "To spread the positive energy that we want to put into everybody to help them get through the grieving process," said Nanna.

"Bring that energy that Michael would want people to have."

The benefit will include music from several DeeJays who performed with Michael, along with live entertainment. Stewart said he will be auctioning off a "free tattoo" to raise money, along with a live piece of artwork which will be painted during the event.

The memorial show will take place at Diamond Pub and Billiards on Baxter Avenue in the Highlands on Mar. 1 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  Admission is $5 and proceeds will go toward a college trust fund for Mallory, his daughter.  A portion of the proceeds will also be set aside to cover funeral expenses.

Arrangements for Chester will take place at Nunnelly Funeral Home on Taylor Blvd. The visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral is set for Thursday at 11 a.m.

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