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Benefit For Family of Teen Who Died in Winter Cold

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The Erie community turned out to remember a Millcreek teen found dead out in the snow after a New Year's Eve house party, and to raise funds for his funeral.

Friends and family came together PACA, The Performing Arts Center Alliance on State Street to remember 19-year-old Keith McGhee.

Erie police found the young man's body Thursday afternoon in some snowy bushes along 19th and Peach Streets, not far from where he was last seen at a house party.

More than 15 bands performed for free at the benefit and memorial event. Hundreds of supporters paid a five dollar cover charge, bought T-shirts and took part in an auction to help raise money for Mcghee's family. Friends Erica Whitford and Mike Mele say they put together the benefit in a couple of days, to remember a life lost too soon.

"He was just a young kid who had way too much going for him," said Mele. "It was a horrible tragedy that nobody knew was going to happen."  Whitford chimed in, "He put a smile on everybody's face, no matter who it was, a stranger or anything."  "He was an awesome person to be around," said Mele.

On Monday, the Erie County Coroner's has scheduled an autopsy on the 19-year-old's body, as they work to determine an exact cause of death.

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