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Charity Car Wash Held to Benefit Family of Slain Binghamton Teen

Friends of another local murder victim are raising funds for his family and awareness of the epidemic of violence.
Friends of another local murder victim are raising funds for his family and awareness of the epidemic of violence.

A car wash was held today to support the Scott Wright Jr. Memorial Fund.

Police say Wright was shot in the abdomen last Friday night on Binghamton's northside and died from his injury early Monday morning.

Members of the Liberty Partnerships Program at Binghamton High School organized the fundraiser over the last couple days to honor their friend.

Autumn Loke is a program coordinator for Liberty Partnerships. Although Wright was not in the program that helps students at risk of not graduating, Loke says everyone in the school knew him.

"He was a very down-to-earth, very funny, outgoing, popular student. Everyone loved him. He always made someone smile. You'd either see him in the hallways, smiling, laughing, dancing down the hallway. He was just someone that people looked up to," said Loke.

Wright was a star football player and graduated last month.

Loke says he planned to attend SUNY Broome in the Fall but had dreams of playing football at the University of Delaware.

Fellow Binghamton graduate Alex Pack says her friends designed Stop The Violence T-Shirts as a way to stand up against such senseless acts.

To not feel safe, or to feel worried about stuff like this is not okay. It shouldn't be. We shouldn't have to lose somebody to realize this. We should have realized this a long time ago," said Pack.

The Scott Wright Jr. Memorial Fund will help his family cover funeral expenses.

You can purchase Stop The Violence t-shirts to support the fund or give directly to an account set up at Visions Federal Credit Union.

For more information go to the Scott Wright Memorial Fund page on Facebook.
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