CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Pictures remembering Bellamy Gamboa were placed on tables inside Buckets Bar and Grill.
Trish Coffey is a part of the organization called Women Against Violence, and has followed the case closely since Gamboa disappeared in July.
When she learned Gamboa’s ex-boyfriend Lamont Johnson was charged with her murder, she wanted to do something to help Gamboa’s family.
“I used to work with Bellamy’s sister and I’m friends with a couple of her cousins, so when I heard about her case of course being with WAV is very near and dear to my heart and having distant ties to the family I felt personally charged with doing something,” said Coffey.
Coffey says many in the community also wanted to help. Businesses donated items for raffles.
“We have 10 amazing gift baskets from sponsors all over the city and we also have a 50/50 raffle so tickets are $5 each,” she said.
The band Chasing Comets also donated their time.
“Tonight all the proceeds from the raffle are going directly to the family, 20 percent of the restaurant proceeds from 7-9:30 are going to the family and we’re accepting donations on the GoFundMe page the family set up,” Coffey said.
Gamboa, a 40-year-old mother of four was reported missing in Virginia Beach on July 1.
Four weeks later, Virginia Beach police and court documents said Gamboa’s ex-boyfriend Lamont Johnson admitted to investigators that he had killed her and disposed of her body in Chesapeake.
Johnson is in jail and has been charged with second-degree murder. Officers have stopped searching for Gamboa’s remains.
Two more events are planned to honor Gamboa:
- Saturday, Aug. 25, the 4Bellamy Domestic Violence Community Expo in Chesapeake
- Sunday, Sept. 2, a private, memorial lantern release in Yorktown
For more information, visit the BRING Bellamy HOME Facebook page.