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Memorial concert held to honor slain Alexandria music teacher Ruthanne Lodato

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The murder of a popular Alexandria music teacher is still a mystery, but the community where she lived is keeping Ruthanne Lodato's memory alive. On Friday night, they held a memorial concert in her honor.

Lodato will forever live on in the hearts of the students she taught. But there was a sadness as they remembered the terrible way their beloved instructor died.

“It's going to be very hard getting through this because she was very nice,” said Maggie McAree.

The memorial concert was a benefit recital to kick off funding for the Ruthanne Lodato Scholarship Fund. It will help benefit young musicians who have a financial need to continue their music studies.

Lodato's life was filled with beautiful music, but ended tragically when she was shot to death after opening her front door to the wrong person.

Charles Severance, who twice ran for mayor of Alexandria, is being held in a West Virginia jail on a felony fugitive gun charge from Loudoun County. Alexandria police are seeking extradition, but have not charged him with her murder.

Authorities concede Severance is someone they would like to talk to about Lodato’s murder, as well as the killings of transportation official Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning, the wife of a former Alexandria sheriff. She was killed over ten years ago.

“Tonight, I’m sure the thought never came up,” said John Kelly, a family friend of Lodato. “Tonight was all about remembering her and what she brought to the lives of these young children.”

What was on her young students' minds tonight is what Lodato taught them about the love of music.

“She was a beautiful woman,” said McAree. “Every time you wanted to get a new song, she always played the whole song. And if you didn’t like it, she’d move on to the next song. It’s really sad that she died.”


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