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May 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Georgia native killed at cafe was ‘vivacious’ aspiring actress, friends said

Shooting victim Kimberly Layfield / Family photo

Kimberly Layfield, 38, of the Albany, Ga., area, was killed in Wednesday’s shooting at a University District cafe, her family confirmed today.

Layfield had recently left her job as a dental assistant in Seattle and dreamed of being an actress, they said.

Mischelle Townsend, her friend of many years, said she loved being in Seattle and was “fun-loving, vivacious, very vibrant.”

She acted in a few plays and independent films and was a regular at Cafe Racer, which was walking distance from her home, Townsend said.

“She enjoyed her friends at that little cafe,” said her aunt, Sheilah Holland. “They were a very artsy group, and she just really enjoyed going there.”

Layfield had been home in Georgia for three weeks before flying back to Seattle Monday. While in Georgia, she spent time with her entire family at her grandmothers 103rd birthday party, her aunt said.

Patrons and employees of the Racer Café described Kim Layfield as a loyal patron, who always looked on the bright side of life, and a big fan of the musicians who played there. She would come at night, and also often would arrive in the morning to work on a crossword puzzle and chat with friends.

The café’s general manager, Ben Dean, said she had been talking the morning of the shooting to two members of God’s Favorite Beefcake who were also killed in the shooting.

She was a “big, big fan. She came every time they played,” Dean said.

Layfield’s aunt said she saw the shooting on the news and, knowing it was in Layfield’s neighborhood, “called everybody in Seattle,” finally confirming Layfield’s involvement through the mayor’s office and Harborview Medical Center.

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