SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A song remembering 18 year-old Alivia Welch is helping her friends and family cope with the loss.
It has been just over a month since 19 year-old Derrick Thompson and 18 year-old Alivia Welch were shot and killed in their Biddeford apartment. The couple's landlord, James Pak, was charged with murder in their deaths.
The community is uniting to move past the tragedy, and a song written by one of Welch's friends aims to help with that process. Brandon Aull has been writing music for a few years, and in the days after Alivia's death, he turned to songwriting to express his feelings. Since then, the song has taken on a life of it's own, with a music video that has gone viral, and the song breaking into the top 200 on the iTunes hip-hop chart.
But Aull says the praise that has meant the most has come from Alivia's mother, who is taking comfort the positive message behind the music.
"I showed her mom the day before and she just told me that it made her want to be happy again and it made her week, and I didn't even have to put it out for the rest of the public to hear after that" Aull said.
"It's a great new thing to focus on, instead of the loss, you know, celebrate her life" Jocelyn Welch told NEWS CENTER. "And Brandon's done a great job of it and is continuing to."
Aull is donating the proceeds from the song's iTunes sales to Welch's family.
To see more from Aull, as well as featured vocalist Elsa Curran and the video's producer and director Zachary Greaton, click on the video labeled Alivia's song, video extra.