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Byrne memorial benefit concert planned for Petaluma

A benefit concert is being planned for Feb. 23 in memory of Alyssa Byrne, a Petaluma junior college student who died while attending a South Lake Tahoe music festival last week.

The rap concert will be held at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, with proceeds going toward a memorial bench in honor of Byrne, 19, and the Polly Klaas Foundation, according to friend and organizer, Jay Donnellan.

"We're hoping for a sellout at this event," he said.

Donnellan, who graduated from Casa Grande High School with Byrne in 2011, was attending the three-day SnowGlobe Music Festival in Tahoe with Byrne and several other friends when she disappeared, prompting a frantic three-day search.

Her lifeless body was found in the snow Jan. 4, about a half mile from the festival grounds.


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