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Foundation launched to encourage mentoring

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

The family of a College Park murder victim has started a foundation in the 18-year-old's name, relatives said Tuesday.

The Travis J. Scott Foundation for Peace will focus on peer-to-peer mentoring and the prevention of violence, said Therese Parker, Scott's aunt.

The foundation has been incorporated and is seeking tax-exempt status.

It will work to help young people in Clayton County and will memorialize and pay tribute to the memory of Scott, whose life was ended on Sept. 10, when he was shot in the forehead.

Parker said he was "known as an avid, natural athlete around the North Clayton area," loved baseball, and was recognized with athletic awards from across the country.

Scott was born the youngest of three siblings in a long-time College Park family. He played sports for North Clayton High School until he dropped out two years ago, and he was working on his General Educational Development equivalency diploma and hoping to move into a sports-oriented career.

Family members said he was "a young, black man in the wrong place at the wrong time," and they hope that the foundation might prevent other deaths.

Scott was shot in the kitchen of an apartment at 5420 Riverdale Road, at about 6:15 Monday morning, after an all-night, card game. Police have arrested a 20-year-old alleged gang member on charges he murdered Scott.

Anyone interested in helping with, or contributing to, the foundation, can call Parker at (770) 899-2078.