Zoruan Otto Harris' Child Care Fund

$7,070 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 25 months
Las Eaglin Chicas
on behalf of Mary Ellen Flynn
National Prep Graduate killed; he will not be forgotten and will NOT be remembered as a statistic!

In yet another act of senseless violence, Zoruan Otto Harris, a graduate of National Collegiate Preparatory Charter High School (National Prep) was killed last night at an event in the Barry Farms section of Southeast Washington, DC.

As the captain and quarterback of the Panthers, National Prep’s football team, Zoruan was that great kid who everyone looked up to as an example of a positive role model.  He was involved with Steve Harvey’s Foundation and attended his Mentoring Camp for Young Men. Because of his leadership, he was selected to give the class gift to the commencement speaker, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, this past June.

Zoruan was a college freshman this year, attending the University of the District of Columbia. He had goals for completing his bachelor’s degree to ensure a stable future for his son.  At just eighteen years of age, Zoruan was a responsible father, and held down two jobs, one of which was cleaning National Prep in the evenings as an employee of the PMM Facilities Management, LLC. 

 “National Prep is completely devastated over the loss of one of our most esteemed leaders who did everything right and was in the right place (a positive community event) at the wrong time,” stated Jennifer Ross, Executive Director and Founder. At this time the school is asking for privacy and the opportunity to process what has happened before beginning the healing process for their children. Grief counseling services are being provided to assist students.

What is most important to the school right now, is to surround Zoruan’s family by establishing this Go Fund Me page for his son.  The school wants to ensure that Zoruan's child has everything in his life, that his father intended to provide for him through his hard work and dedication in his short young life of just eighteen years.
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Today students of National Prep organized a vigil for Zoruan. Students sang, prayed, distributed wrist bands that said "Zoruan, Peace, Grace & Love In Motion | John 14:27", followed by the release of 300 balloons. Members of the community and school staff were in attendance. Thank you for sharing this story and contributing to his son's trust fund. It truly takes a village.
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Arrangements have been made for this Friday.
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We want to thank each of you for your generosity and for sharing this page with your friends and family. We will be establishing a trust for Zoruan's son.

National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School
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$7,070 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 25 months
Created September 18, 2016
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Kellie Sewell
13 months ago

I am so saddened to hear about this news. I saw first hand how responsible he was as a young man and father, even while the mother carried their unborn child. May his family find comfort in these most difficult times and continue to share with his son how he was setting a fine example for him

18 months ago
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KIPP Through College DC
25 months ago

Our thoughts are with Zoruan and his family.

Heather Erskine
25 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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