A new Morgantown club is named in memory of a New Jersey woman killed during a robbery.
Her brothers will ensure a percentage of the proceeds raised next week during club events will go to a foundation established in the name of the victim.
Kyleigh Sousa, 21, was a sophomore at Arizona State University when she was killed May 26, her older brother, Bernie Sousa, said. Kyleigh had just finished work for the night and went to IHOP with a friend. Associated Press reports indicate that a man grabbed Kyleigh's purse in the parking lot. She became tangled in the purse straps and was dragged as the car the man entered drove off. A man has been arrested in connection with her death.
Bernie Sousa said his sister suffered traumatic brain injury and died shortly thereafter.
Sousa and his brother Mike, an WVU alumnus and a student, respectively, set up the Kyleigh Sousa Foun- dation. The foundation will help families of brain injury patients, award scholarships and help support families who have lost loved ones to random acts of violence, according to its website.
The Sousas recently opened Ky's Lounge and the Ohana Bar, 491 High St., where Lola's and Fins used to be (behind Casa D'Amici on High Street). The bars are on different floors in the same building.
Ky's Lounge, a 21-and-up bar that will cater to young professionals, is named in memory of Kyleigh. Next week -- beginning Tuesday, Kyleigh's birthday -- the brothers will donate a "large portion" of the lounge's proceeds for that week to the foundation. All of the proceeds of bracelets sold will go to the foundation. The bracelets say "Peace, Love, Ky."
Sports memorabilia and packages from local businesses will be auctioned, and other events are being planned for Kyleigh's birthday week, Bernie Sousa said. The list is still being finalized but will be posted at http://www.kyslounge.com/.