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Church holds benefit concert for Bellevue stabbing victims

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A west Nashville church filled with the sounds of hope and love Friday night during a benefit concert for the Jordan family.

Longtime church member Mary Lea Jordan was stabbed to death in her Bellevue home in September, along with her daughter Michelle Pinkowski and grandson Jonathan Culpepper. Jordan's 9-year-old granddaughter fled the scene and is living with relatives.

The music ministry team at the Center for Spiritual Living dedicated Friday night's performance to the Jordan family.

"It's going to be a musical celebration, and there's going to be a lot of love in this place tonight," said Sean O'Shea, who heads the music ministry team.

Earlier in the day, the suspect charged with the murder, Craig Garber, appeared in court. The case appears headed for protracted legal wrangling over whether Garber had access to an attorney before he was questioned by police.

"These things take time and it is really sad and difficult and drags out the pain over a number of years when a suspect has to be dealt with in this way," O'Shea said.

A love offering was being collected to help the Jordan family with expenses, but O'Shea said those who couldn't afford to contribute could help in other ways.

"Even if they just come, are moved by the music, moved by the story, and they said a prayer, that's enough. Prayers also have value; sometimes the most value," O'Shea said.

Each member of the music ministry team chose one song for the program; O'Shea chose One More Day, a song recorded by Diamond Rio. He said it touches him greatly because he thinks of the family left behind.

A fund has been established for Pinkowski's 9-year-old daughter, who witnessed the scene. Contributions can be made by visiting any Bank of America branch and asking for the Mike and Cynthia Jordan Fund. Also, checks made payable to the Harpeth Valley PTO Burial and Benevolence Fund will be accepted at:

Harpeth Valley Elementary School
7840 Learning Ln.
Nashville, TN 37221

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