Benefit for family of slain bar bouncer to be held in Havelock

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 05:32 PM.

That’s one of the reasons he had been hired in so many bars to man the door.

"He was a very imposing individual," Bruns said. "If you weren’t intimidated by looking at him, you were stupid, but once you got to know him, you realized that he was very personable. The bottom line is he was always fair to people and that’s why I like him. I put him in charge of security and that’s why."

North was also known as a gentle giant.

"He would smoke a pipe that had that tobacco that reminded you my grandpa smoked that," Bruns said. "He would just smoke a pipe and just walk around with the pipe in his mouth and talk to everybody. Everybody was his friend."

The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with Donna Story singing the national anthem. The band lineup includes Chris Jones until 2 p.m., Closin’ Tyme from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Jim Kohler Band from 4 to 5 p.m., Peace Soldier from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Down to This from 7 to 8 p.m., The 252 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Chasing Eden from 10 to 11 p.m., and Kill Mercy beginning at 11:30 p.m.

Festival organizers say that proceeds from the event will go to a memorial fund set up for North’s youngest son, Asa. Donations can be made to the Asa North Fund, c/o 1908 D South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28562.

North, a native of California, was shot while trying to protect patrons of the bar on April 14. The alleged shooter, Jonathan Pugh, had been involved in a fight, left the bar and returned with a gun, according to authorities. North was attempting to block the door when the shooting started, and he exchanged gunfire with Pugh, hitting him once.

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