111009- At Smooth's restaurant on Pine Ave. Suja Lowenthal ,right, Long Beach City Councilmember, Second District., left, says a few words to Chantha Ross, mother of Melody Ross,16, who was shot and killed on October 30 2009, after a Wilson High School football game. To raise money for the family of slain Wilson High student Melody Ross, restaurateur John Morris held a "celebration of Melody's life" from 6 to 9 p.m. today on Pine Avenue. Pine Avenue restaurants between First and Third streets donated 20 percent to 25 percent of their revenue from Wednesday evening to a fund established to help Melody's family. Among the participants were Bouchees Bistro at Smooth's, L'Opera, Madison, Hooters, Shannon's, Taco Beach, It's a Grind, Alegria and George's Greek Deli.
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