St. Pete dad who lost son to gun violence hopes to educate youth with new initiative
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A St. Pete dad is on a mission to make the city safer after the death of his son back in 2019.
Maress Scott and his son Marquis
"We found ourselves wanting to do more for the community," Maress Scott said. Scott has a big heart with even bigger goals.
17, 2019, Scott's son was killed.
Scott says Marquis was about to turn over a new leaf and start classes for a trade program.
"I could hear my wife's voice when she said, 'Marquis would expect us to do something because we told him being a Scott means something,'" he said.
Scott started going into neighborhoods, asking young men to sign the "Black St. Pete Pledge. " In short, it asks the person who signs it to walk away from situations that could lead to violence.
"You're finding out they don't want to die and they have concerns themselves. Scott says that led him to create the "Quis For Life," an initiative with a play on his son's name.
But Scott believes telling Marquis' story could be the spark to ignite change for generations to come. "All those people received the light that was in my son, it's shining in us and by the grace of God we were going to make the change.
We want to save somebody's life," he said. City council members told Scott they'd like to connect him with resources like Parks and Rec and Pinellas County schools to get the word out to kids around the county.