Baldwin County

$11,000 raised for Billa family at "Bayfront Boogie"

DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) - The "Bayfront Boogie" brought in hundreds of people Saturday to support the family of Mobile Officer Justin Billa who was shot and killed in the line of duty. The event raised $11,000 for his family. 

"You never think it's going to happen to your community," Allison Fields said.

Fields is one of many at Moe's in Daphne to show support for Billa's widow Erin and their one-year-old son.

"I have a little one and to know he had a little one just breaks my heart," Fields said. "Anything we can do, I'm so proud of our community to put it together. The weather could've been better but to see the turnout is remarkable."

The rain didn't stop Laurie Thompson and her family who couldn't make it to the other fundraisers.

"The community definitely came together for it," Thompson said. "We tried to go to the other functions but we couldn't get to them that day."

They had raffles, live music, and a crawfish boil. The people at Moe's say it's the least they could do.

"We're a part of the community," Jordan Harris, General Manager of Moe's in Daphne, said "The basis of our business has been built on the community. So we like to give back whenever we can."
 


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