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Community holds vigil for Lee's Liquor CEO, Kenny Lee

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The community, family, and friends joined together to remember Kenny Lee the CEO of Lee's Discount Liquors early Friday morning, on November 26, outside the company's store on Tenaya near Centennial Parkway.

53-year-old Lee died on November 19, in a crash on U.S. Highway 93 in Northern Nevada.

500+ red balloons were released at 10:25 a.m. as part of a celebration of life, by those in attendance.

Many of those who knew Lee best came together to share their favorite stories and write a message on the balloons before releasing them into the sky.

"They were the most wonderful people you would ever meet. I'm heartbroken for the wife and kids. Like I said, anytime my little company needed anything, Mr. Lee and Kenny Lee were always there for me." said George Harris a small business owner.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the First Lady were also in attendance at Friday's balloon release.

Gov. Sisolak posted a few pictures of the event on Twitter to which he added, "The celebration of life for Kenny Lee was beautiful. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace."

The celebration of life for Kenny Lee was beautiful.He will be missed by many.  May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/Oc3z1X8VOF

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 26, 2021

The family has requested that donations be made in remembrance of Lee to New Vista, an organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at https://newvistanv.org/about/ .

Kenny's father, Hae Un Lee the founder of Lee's Discount Liquor passed away in August, at the age of 79 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Lee leaves behind a wife and three children.