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Friends Raise $7,600 To Help With Funeral Costs

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SUMMIT TWP., MI (WLNS) - The body of 28-year old Frances Marie Craig was found in her Summit Township home last Sunday, by her boyfriend.

Police are calling her death a homicide. As her family grieves the loss friends are making sure they won't have to worry about funeral costs and expenses.

6 News Christa Lamendola went to Chase Sports Bar in Jackson to learn more about a small idea that raised more than $7,000.

Frances Craig had a spirit that customers at Chase Sports Bar remember.

“She was a walking smile. She really was she brightened up the room. Her fashion was amazing her hair was always perfect,” said Heather Aker, friend.

But now with her sudden death customers and friends will never see that smile again.

Last Sunday the Jackson County Sheriff's Office found 28-year-old Craig dead inside her Summit Twp. home.

The news of her death hit friends hard with grief and worries for the two small daughters she left behind.

“Frances was so young that we knew she didn't have life insurance ‘cause who thinks at that age that they need to have life insurance? So we loved her and wanted to help.”

“I had an idea of trying to raise money for the family I was going to donate all my tips for the night to them. The girls thought it was a great idea.”

So as a team the restaurant decided to donate all the tips they made Friday to Craig's family.

“It wasn't long before this tip bucket was overflowing and the number of donations was overwhelming.”

“$20's, $50's, a couple cases of $100 bills were being dropped off.”

The standing room upstairs was full. The restaurant had an hour wait at the door.

Together they raised $7,600 for the day. The date was also a sentimental one, Craig's birthday.

So the event was topped off with balloons and Craig's favorite birthday cake. Craig would have turned 29 years old.
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