[UPDATE] 3 Years Later: Family and Friends Remember Rachel Hoffman

[UPDATE] 5-10 2:40pm -

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The 4th Annual Purple Hatters Ball this weekend, May 13-15, will celebrate the life of the late Rachel Morningstar Hoffman with 18 bands and three days of music and fun at the beautiful and picturesque Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla.

The lineup for this year’s celebration includes Emancipator, DubConscious, Zoogma, Big Gigantic, The Malah, Flow Tribe, Papadosio, Uprise, Greenhouse Lounge, Stillwood, Monozygotik, Flight Risk, Burnin Smyrnans, The Savi Fernandez Band, Russell Batiste Band, Trial By Stone, Catfish Alliance, Chroma, Pepper Drive and P.Y.M.P. Performances will take place on two different stages throughout the weekend. Gates open at noon Friday, May 13, music starts at 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins at noon. Sunday, May 15, gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins at noon. Please join friends and family as they celebrate the life of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

Advance tickets are $45 per person and include three days of music, primitive camping and all taxes and fees. Tickets are $60 at the gate, taxes and fees included. $30 day tickets are available for Sunday only and are only available at the gate.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is once again generously offering a discounted cabin and golf cart rental special to Purple Hatter guests. A cabin for Friday and Saturday nights plus a gold cart for up to 4 people is available for $400 plus taxes. Cabins are limited, so jump on this deal quickly. Call 386-364-1683 or email spirit@musicliveshere.com to reserve yours.

The SOSMP Music Hall will be open to the general public and to Purple Hatter guests this weekend also with Mike Mullis and his variety show Friday night where you may enjoy games, fun, music and dance the night away and the second of four Texaco Country Showdown North Florida Competitions Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.

Doors to the Music Hall open at 5 p.m. with the show beginning Friday night at 8 p.m. and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will have available at regular prices delicious food and beverages.

Admission Friday night this week is $5 per person with the $5 applied to your evening’s tab at the SOS Café and Restaurant.

For more information, email us at spirit@musicliveshere.com or call us at 386-364-1683 to inquire about this event, accommodations and the many other events coming up this year such as Bear Creek, Blackwater Music Festival, Suwannee River Jubilee and others! Check out our website at www.musicliveshere.com.


Updated by Lanetra Bennett - May 6, 2011 6:00pm

May 7th will mark three years since a Tallahassee Police informant was killed during a botched drug sting.

Friday, May 6th, her family and loved ones held a vigil in honor of Rachel Hoffman.

Margie Weiss tenderly passes out kisses and flowers to her daughter's friends.

Rachel Hoffman was murdered three years ago.

Weiss, Hoffman's mother, said, "My daughter was my only child. There's no grandchildren. I envy the other parents. There's very few that I've met that don't have a grandchild, don't have another child."

Hoffman was killed in May of 2008 during an undercover drug sting while she was working as a confidential informant for Tallahassee Police.

Hoffman's friend Michelle McGrath said, "It was the worst news I've every heard in my entire life. I can't believe that it's been three years. It was just something that you hear on the news and you never think it'd ever happen to anybody that you love, especially somebody like Rachel, who deserves it less than anybody."

850 people attended Hoffman's funeral.

A dozen loved ones and family supporters joined Weiss for a memorial in front of Tallahassee City Hall Friday.

Weiss says her daughter's friends, who call her "Mama Margie", help her survive.

Hoffman's friend Dave McSweeney said, "A lot of light has come out from this. It was really hard. It still is really hard. Not a day goes by. She's definitely still with us every day."

During the vigil, the group held hands, and paused for a moment of silence. They say they'll forever hold on to Hoffman's memory.

Andre Green and Deneilo Bradshaw are serving life sentences for Hoffman's death.

Her family's civil case against the City of Tallahassee is scheduled for trial in mid-September.

The Hoffman family attorney says there is no chance of a settlement at this time.

The City Attorney says the City of Tallahassee has an obligation to the Tallahassee Police Department, tax payers, and Hoffman's family.

He says he looks forward to having a fair trial.


Tallahassee, Florida - May 6, 2011 - 11am

On the eve of the third anniversary of Rachel Hoffman's murder, her mother, Margie Weiss, along with Rachel's friends will hold a memorial vigil to commemorate Rachel's life and honor her memory.

Rachel Hoffman was a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate, murdered on May 7, 2008 during a botched Tallahassee Police Department drug operation in which she was being compelled to be a confidential informant to TPD. Her death led to widespread criticism including a scathing Grand Jury review of TPD mistakes and to legislation known as "Rachel's Law," which established uniform, written guidelines for all Florida law enforcement agencies that confidential informants must understand the risks and responsibilities involved in becoming an informant.

Margie Weiss will speak about spending a 3rd Mother's Day without her only child.

The Hoffmans filed suit against the city after their daughter Rachel was shot and killed in a botched drug deal in May 2008. They claim Rachel should never have been used as an informant and that Tallahassee Police officers were negligent in their planning, handling and supervision of that deal.

The two men who killed Rachel Hoffman, Andrea Green and Deneilo Bradshaw, are already serving life sentences for her kidnapping and murder.

Attorneys for both the Hoffman family and the City of Tallahassee confirm the trial date for that wrongful death suit has been delayed from March 2011 until September 2011.

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