The organizers of a fundraiser for the families of two Suitland High School students who were shot and killed a day apart in February are still tallying just how much money their raised in their memory, the Gazette reports.
Hundreds of students and community members attended a "Silence the Violence" charity basketball game at the Forestville campus on Friday night, paying $5 each to watch members of two local nonprofit organizations play.
The mothers of Charles Walker Jr. and Aaron Kidd told the Gazette that the proceeds will go toward purchasing burial plaques for their slain children.
On Feb. 18, Walker, 15, was shot and killed on 28th Avenue in Temple Hills while being robbed of a pair of shoes. A day later, 18-year-old Aaron Kidd was murdered on Donnell Drive. Both were students at Suitland and their deaths sent shockwaves through the campus community.
"As a parent, you never expect to bury your child," Latasha Massey, Walker's mother, told the Gazette. "And as a single parent barely making it out there, it's even harder."
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