Because Alajawan Brown died, kids on West Hill will get backpacks and school supplies.
It’s one of the ways his parents, Ayanna and Louis, hope to bring some good from his murder through the Alajawan Brown Foundation.
Alajawan was gunned down on April 29, 2010, in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store on Martin Luther King Way Jr. on West Hill.
Curtis Walker of Kent was convicted of first-degree murder in March for shooting Alajawan to death and likely will spend the rest of his life in prison.
“The community took care of us and we want to take care of the community,” said Ayanna Brown.
And, Alajawan always said he wanted to make a difference in his community, according to his mother.
The first effort of the foundation is to collect backpacks and school supplies for students at Campbell Hill Elementary School and Dimmitt Middle School on West Hill.
The Browns and others will be at the Walmart store, 743 Rainier Ave. S., Renton, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and on Aug. 3 to collect the supplies and backpacks. As a thank you and to draw attention, they’ll have barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers.
The Browns will distribute the supplies on Aug. 24, although a time and place haven’t been determined.
Brown is hoping to collect 1,000 backpacks.
Donations can be made to the foundation at the USBank on Renton Avenue, under account number 153563200408 or under the foundation name.