Restaurant donates proceeds to slain teen's family

When Sebastian Jackson stopped by Twang for burgers with his daughter Alyssa he never imagined it would be one of their last meals together.

"Every time I come here, I'm reminded of the good times that we had," Jackson said.

Alyssa Jackson, 16, was shot and killed two weeks ago. That's when Jerry Jennings, owner of Twang, decided to reach out to some of his most loyal customers.

"I'm sitting there on a Thanksgiving Day and realized that Ms. Jackson's life, at 16-years-old had been tragically taken away from her."

Jackson visited the restaurant with her father about twice a week, and Jennings couldn't think of a better way to honor her memory than to give some of his earnings to her family.

"I couldn't even imagine what this mother and father are even having to go through right now. I thought to myself, you know, what could I do? How could I make an impact or what could I do to make a difference?" Jennings said.

On Thursday, the restaurant started giving 10 percent of its proceeds to Jackson's family. It will continue the charity through Wednesday.

"My knees got pretty weak, but I didn't fall. I gathered enough strength to hug him and thank him. That was a message to me that evil was not winning," Sebastian Jackson said.

"I feel like Jerry (Jennings) gave a sucker-punch to Satan and I was sitting on the sidelines watching him win the fight," he said.

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