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Doc's Bar hosting fundraiser for family of Lauren Brown Smart

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

On Tybee Island, its longest running business is back open under new owners, and they have a special mission on their first night: raising money for the family of a murdered loved on.

Doc's Bar opened their doors early Thursday evening with a soft spot in their hearts, raising money for the children of Lauren Brown Smart, who was murdered earlier this month on Wilmington Island.  

City Councilman and co-owner of Doc's Bar, Barry Brown, is her father and the business is taking $10 donations at the door for Thursday night's fundraiser.

"I don't know if I can say it or not, but if you know what hell on Earth feels like. Yeah. This means everything to our family. It means everything to our daughter and her children. I'm pretty sure if she was still here she would be doing it for someone else. That's the kind of person she was. This community and beyond have been a great help and support for our family and the kids," Brown told WTOC.

Lauren Brown Smart was found dead at her home the weekend of June 6, and her husband, Norman Smart, is accused of her murder. All proceeds from tonight's fundraiser will go to Barry and Sonny Brown to help care for their two grandchildren.

They have a night of music and activities planned at Doc's Bar.

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