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Former Chico couple died from Tennessee tornado

A couple who formerly lived in Chico, California was fatally wounded by debris from the tornado that struck Nashville Tuesday.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 12:38 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 5:39 PM

NASHVILLE, TN - A couple who formerly lived in Chico, California was fatally wounded by debris from the tornado that struck Nashville Tuesday.

36-year-old Michael Dolfini was just leaving his East Nashville workplace on McFerrin Avenue, the Attaboy lounge, when he and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Albree Sexton were hit by debris caused by the tornado. This information is from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.


Pictured: Albree Sexton

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The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club (aka "The Fox") posted that they are devastated over the passing of Sexton and Dolfini, who used to live in Chico. The club owner said Albree was a talented and inspired bartender, a bright light, and a "truly wonderful person." She worked at the Fox bar. She formerly had worked at bars in the Chico area, including Argus.

"She will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her," the Nashville club owners said in a Facebook post.

Dolfini grew up in Ferndale, California.

"We grieve with her and Mike's family and friends, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts," they said.

Action News Now spoke with an Argus bartender about the couple. He didn't want to go on camera but did tell say he worked with Dolfini and Sexton, all three were good friends.

He says Sexton was creative and kind, with an eye for art. She came up with argus' look, a look that matched her personality - artistic but tough.

Michael was one of the first employees at argus and brought his unique taste to the nightlife in Chico.

He says Michael and Albree helped change the culture of downtown Chico with the vibes and class that radiates from the ambiance at argus and it wouldn't be the way it is today without them.

Argus is holding a show called 'Low and Behold' Thursday night, a jazzy soul band, at their bar.

Bartenders are donating their tips, and all proceeds will go to the family of the couple.

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