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Jul 10, 2015

Grieving Media Colleagues Establish Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund

Kremandala journalist Kareem Clarke was gunned down early Monday morning, as he headed home on Vernon Street. His murder has shocked and saddened his family, friends and colleagues. Today, journalists from various media houses came together in the city to brainstorm…to find some way to honour the memory of this quiet but ambitious young man who in such a very short time touched the lives of so many – not only by his presence, but by his work in the media. That brainstorming session resulted in the birth of the Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund. KREM’s News Editor Marisol Amaya told us more today.

 

Marisol Amaya

Marisol Amaya, News Editor, KREM

“Kareem, as unassuming as he was, he touched all of us and so today thirteen people from five media houses who could make it here for our first meeting to ensure that his death just doesn’t go just like that. What we decided to make this meaningful, to make his life mean something to everyone and to just keep his presence there – I know he will be in our memories forever – but you know to also galvanize society. It’s a reality we are facing right now that it was crime that took him away from all of us, so we want to tell the people behind all these murders that you are hurting us and we want to tell you that you need to stop. So this is basically to say that, and what we’ve decided is just to galvanize the concept that the family seems to have close at heart, which is the feeding program. We’ve decided that we will create a Kareem Clarke Memorial Fund, and out of that fund we will contribute to the St. Joseph feeding program. We’ll have a big event one time per year around Kareem’s birthday which is November twenty-first. where we will be accepting contributions. We will also be creating an account – that’s the purpose of the fund – for people to contribute, but three times per year to keep his memory alive we will organize a canned food drive at different stores and also a part of the big event, we will have an essay competition where on that day the winner of the essay competition will be announced. I’ve said before that Kareem wrote beautifully. He was someone who rose to overcome his circumstances and show that he was able to overcome those circumstances. He because an all-arounder learning reporting for the Amandala, reporting for KREM radio, for KREM television…he was a cameraman, so many things to media, and this is just to show that this one young man coming out of a marginalized area of society was able to succeed in life.”

 

The group is already working on the logistics of creating the fund and organizing the first events to generate money for the St. Joseph feeding program. Kareem will be laid to rest this Saturday after a service at the St. Joseph Church.

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