As the students prepare to return to school, one mother who has lost her son makes sure the children have everything they need to have a good year.
For the second year in a row, a school gift raffle has been held in honor of Rashaud Fields. It is scheduled for July 29th.
Janice Fields is always looking for ways to remember her son, including donning the football jersey he sometimes wore on the field in college.
It’s been a little over a year since Rashaud Fields was killed. In his honor, his parents are preparing a gift for the school.
“Rashod would have loved it because that’s what he wanted,” Fields said of her son. “He always said that when he gets into the NFL, he will give back to the community.”
The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 at The Legends Center on Southel Drive starting at noon. At least 200 backpacks will be distributed, as well as a large number of school supplies. There will be food, drinks, games and opportunities for children to take part in a flag football and basketball tournament.
“Rushaud was the life of the party,” Fields said. “He was the life of everything.”
Fields says the July 29 draw is a big deal. Rashaud was supposed to leave for college on this day last year. He also played flag football and basketball at The Legends Center once a week.
Rashaud was shot and killed on May 23, 2022 at a highlands prom, just hours after graduating from Raines High School.
He was a star football player and was about to transfer his talents to Keyser University in West Palm Beach on a full athletic scholarship.
His mother is still grieving but says his teammates, coaches and even some NFL players are calling her to visit.
“It makes me feel that they haven’t forgotten about Rashaud,” Fields said.
No one was arrested for Rasho’s murder.
There is a $13,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.