PEKIN, Ill. -- Friends and family members are mourning the death of Brian Chears, 24, of Pekin.
Chears was born with congenital heart disease and died unexpectedly on May 19 at the age of 24.
Family members are holding a benefit on Sunday, July 14 to pay for burial expenses. Chears requested to be buried at his brother's feet.
The event "Benefit for Brian Chears" is Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fusion Youth Center, 335 Sabella St. in Pekin.
Activities include live music, food, raffles and a silent auction.