Celebrating the Lives of Terrance “TK” Kelly & Landrin Kelly 2017
A celebration of the life and legacy of Landrin Kelly and his son, Terrance “TK” Kelly was held this past weekend on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Davis Park in San Pablo.
The reason why August 12 was chosen is because it was on that day, thirteen years ago in 2004, that 18-year-old Terrance Kelly was fatally shot and killed in Richmond, CA. He was a star football player at De La Salle High School, and was leaving within days to attend University of Oregon to play football on a scholarship . Terrance was murdered by a 15-year-old boy with a rifle, and he was sentenced in 2007 to serve 50 years to life in prison.
After Terrance was murdered, Landrin created the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation(TKYF). About the TYKF from their website: “Inspired by the memory of his son Terrance Kelly, who was violently gunned down in the Richmond community two days before he was to attend the University of Oregon on a scholarship, Landrin Kelly created the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation (T.K.Y.F.).”
I had the pleasure of meeting Terrance’s step-mom, Mary Kelly at the event. Mary lovingly referred to Terrance as her “bonus child”. Mary’s husband and Terrance’s dad, Landrin Kelly, died earlier this year, on February 13, 2017.
At the event on Saturday, there was plenty of food for everyone, and a live band was playing music. Relatives of Terrance were in the band, and they wanted to play music at this event in his honor.
The TKYF was also giving out scholarships at the event. More about their scholarships from their website:
“Terrance “T.K.” Kelly Scholarship Fund is designed to provide support deserving inner-city high school students who exemplify a strong potential for academic achievement and face social-economic conditions that hinder them from reaching their full potential. While the cost of education continues to rise, access to college for many students especially those from inner cities are becoming scarce. It is the goal of the Terrance “T.K.” Kelly Youth Foundation to help level the disparities that exist by providing scholarships and support for students going on to pursue college careers. The Terrance “T.K.” Kelly Youth Foundation Scholarships are given away annually.”
They also had dozens of brand new coats and backpacks at the park to give out to the kids. It was a little cold and windy, but this was definitely an event that helped our community! Thank you to the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation!
To learn more about the Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation, check out their website at http://tkyf28.com/ and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TKYF28/