Photo gallery: Dajae Coleman Foundation kick-off event

Dajae Coleman Foundation members Rita Roseman (left) and LaTanya Copeland (right) on Saturday manage a ticket raffle for the four books Dajae had checked out from the library in Evanston Township High School before his death. Tiffany Rice, Dajae’s mother, hopes to start an online book club based on the four books.

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor

Members of the Dajae Coleman Foundation met for the first time Saturday and prepared to launch youth-oriented initiatives in memory of the Evanston teen who was killed last fall.

Friends and family of the 14-year-old Dajae, affectionately known as “Dae Dae,” gathered at the Mason Park field house at the corner of Church Street and Florence Avenue. The kick-off event was held about a block away from where police believe the Evanston Township High School freshman was mistaken for a gang member and fatally shot in September.

Tiffany Rice, Dajae’s mother, said she started the foundation to find ways to steer young people away from destructive lifestyles.

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Edward Cox