Slain teen honored through message of nonviolence

By Julianne Peixoto

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 11:39 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The community gathered in the Binghamton High School gymnasium Friday night to honor the memory of Scott Wright Jr. and to promote a message of nonviolence.

Wright died July 7, less than three days after he was shot in the stomach at the Town and Country Apartments. He was 19, and had just graduated from BHS.

"Tonight’s event, Teen Fest Stop the Violence, is geared to the memory of Scott Wright Jr.," said Binghamton Councilwoman Lea Webb. "The premise behind this is to provide more ways for young people to connect with each other, but also for adults to support he young people in this community."

Wright's classmates performed dances and songs in his honor, and local leaders spoke out against violence in the community.

"What happened to Scotty shouldn't happen to people because he was a good kid," said 16-year-old Jazmine Cook, who performed "All of Me" by John Legend at the event.

Wright's parents also shared memories of their son.

"Last Saturday, almost the seventh day since we laid Scotty to rest, I find myself still trying to accept the reality of all that had happened in such a short period of time," said Scott Wright Sr., Wright's father. "It was not, unfortunately, a dream."

"Scotty loved everybody from everywhere," said Wright's mother Yahira Garcia. "We really appreciate, we're very thankful, for showing us how Scott has impacted your lives ... thank you for keeping his memory alive."

There will be a benefit for Scott Saturday in Kirkwood. For more information, click HERE

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