Take Back Our Children fundraiser gifts several students with scholarships
A mother who never got the chance to see her son attend college after he was fatally shot made sure other students from across the city got that chance Saturday.
Several scholarships were handed out, which Maxine Lewis said helps to carry on her son's memory.
Six students received $500 each, but it was not an amount that came lightly because it all comes in the memory of Carlton Locksley. He was a young man who was shot and killed in 1993 when the killer was after his gold chain.
It was a devastating moment for Lewis as she said he had dreams to go to college and be an engineer. That is why 12 years ago, she started the Take Back Our Children Campaign to provide scholarships to students who are impacted by gun violence.
The fundraiser, which is set up by her foundation named after her son, helps raise the needed funds to make that possible.
While Lewis' son did not have the chance to go to college, she said she feels as if each year's recipients were her own children.
Lewis said the foundation doesn't just help students with tuition but also helps provide resources to be able to get other things such as books during their college education.