LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – People’s Kitchen in Lansing opened its doors Tuesday for people who knew 40-year-old music producer Curshawn Terrell.

Terrell was shot on New Year’s Eve in a recording studio in the same building as the People’s Kitchen.

Terrell was better known around Lansing as “Kaz”. The fundraiser was not only for his family but it also gave friends and family a space to remember his impact on the community.

People’s Kitchen staff created a GoFundMe earlier this month that has collected more than $3,000.

Around 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the Lansing Township Police Department responded to the recording studio on the 2000 block of E. Michigan Ave. where they said they found Kaz and Shaquille Brown shot. Kaz later died at the hospital.

Restaurant staff collected donations through buffet-style comfort foods and offered guests sky lanterns to release outside. Restaurant general manager, Douglas Mulkey, said Kaz was a regular and a friend of the staff.

“After we knew we lost Kaz, we knew we wanted to do something. We felt like the best we could do is do what we can do best. Just open the doors and offer some food and beverage and a place for people to come together and share those memories about Kaz,” said Mulkey.

Other people remembered Kaz as a passionate artist and caring father.

“Half of his life was spent in the studio, another half was spent with his family. If it wasn’t with his family, we were in the studio. Every holiday, as soon as we were done with our family stuff, we would race each other to the studio so he can create,” said fellow artist and friend Eric Ware.

Police said 28-year-old Anthony Anderson Jr. from the Saginaw area has been arrested and charged in the case.

The restaurant’s general manager said a commissioned portrait of Kaz was on display Tuesday and will be gifted to the family.

The GoFundMe can be found here.