The Botham Jean foundation was officially launched here Wednesday in memory of 26-year old Botham Shem Jean who was shot dead by a Dallas police officer on September 6 last year.
The event was held at the Harbour Club in Rodney Bay.
Among those in attendance were members of Botham Jean’s family, the family’s US-based attorneys, Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
The President of the Botham Jean Foundation, Allisa Findley, told St Lucia Times that the organisation it was created to continue what her late brother started in his life.
Findley said this includes giving back to the less fortunate and to vulnerable communities, as well as helping families impacted by police brutality.
The Botham Jean Foundation observed on its website that some of Botham’s passions included giving back to the Saint Lucian community by providing financial and emotional support to the Boys’ training center, Transit home for children and the Marian Home for the elderly.
Findley disclosed that the non-profit organisation will also be offering the Botham Jean scholarship to Harding University.
Botham graduated from Harding University in Arkansas in 2016.
“With the scholarship, the family has requested to have a Saint Lucian student picked first, if not, then we will go to the Caribbean,” the foundation President explained.
The keynote speaker at the launch of the foundation was Jean family attorney, Lee Merritt.
Botham Jean was shot dead in his own apartment by then Dallas cop, Amber Guyger.
Guyger was off-duty but still in her Dallas Police Department uniform when she shot her upstairs neighbor after entering what she said she thought was her own apartment.
She said she believed he was an intruder.
Guyger, who was subsequently fired as a cop,was originally charged with manslaughter, but was later indicted on a murder charge.