Friends gather to raise money for Michelle Hull’s family

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A benefit was held on Wednesday evening in support of Michelle Hull’s family.

Hundreds of people gathered at RJ’s Restaurant and Sports Pub to raise money for her funeral expenses.

(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)

Police say Hull’s body was found inside of a trash can on Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of Muller Lane in Newport News.The York-Poquoson

Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation, and positively identified Hull’s body. The cause and manner of her death are still under investigation.

Michael Kerlin has been charged with unlawful concealment of a dead body.

Deputies said Kerlin had been identified as a person of interest in Hull’s case on May 7; the day she was reported missing.

Deputies had planned to search the area around Muller Lane, near the Dixie Fuels company building, on Sunday. Kerlin is owner and president of Dixie Fuels. Deputies detained Kerlin early Sunday morning on a public intoxication charge.

(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)

Organizers said more than $2,000 was raised at RJ’s on Wednesday evening. Other businesses in the area also held fundraisers for Hull’s family.

“That’s why we’re all here for her, because she was always here for everybody else,” said Hull’s friend Lynette Saylor.

Hull’s parents did not attend Wednesday’s benefit as they are still grieving. Hull’s uncle, Terry Dudash, showed up to thank the crowd.

“On behalf of the family, we are so grateful for what these wonderful people are doing,” said Dudash.

“This is a reflection of the person that she was, the number of people that care about her.”

(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Liz Palka / WAVY)

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