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Wayne Mills benefit show set as questions remain in shooting

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It's been more than a week since country musician Wayne Mills was shot in the heat of an after-hours quarrel at a Nashville bar.

The man who pulled the trigger says he was just protecting himself, and charges have not been filed, but some of the people there that night are telling family members a much different story.

While questions remain unanswered, a benefit show is planned for Mills near Music Row.

About 40 artists are expected to contribute to the six-hour show Wednesday at Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street, which will include an online auction and book signing. Every penny will benefit Mills' widow and son.

"He was very big. He played football at the University of Alabama, so he was a very big guy. But he was like a big, cuddly teddy bear, would be the best way to describe him," said family friend Brandyn Steen. "He never met a stranger. He had a smile that could just make anyone feel welcome to approach him for conversation."

Police are calling the investigation active and ongoing.

Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell admits he pulled the trigger that killed Mills on Nov. 23, saying it was in self-defense.

Ferrell has hired top defense attorney David Raybin.

"I have faith that police will shed the right light, and we'll have answers on exactly what happened that night. I know everybody's anxious. Everybody's upset, angry, sad, confused about what happened," said Eric Lee Beddingfield, friend and country music artist. "I believe all the chips will fall, and we'll know about what all happened that night."

The benefit show at Tin Roof will not be about the investigation. It will be a celebration of a life that meant something to a lot of people.

"Wayne had a lot of friends. He made a lot of people feel special, and it was genuine. It was heartfelt," Beddingfield.

A guest list of 500 people is already confirmed to attend the event Wednesday.

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