Landrin Kelly’s entire adult life revolved around his only son, Terrance. But two days before “T.K.” was supposed to go off to college, the high school football star was shot and killed. Now Landrin, with the help of his family and friends, is helping to bring up the next generation of Richmond kids with a simple but ambitious goal: to prevent what happened to his only child from happening again. The first in a two-part series.
The moment Landrin Kelly unhinges the locks on the small red trunk, the dozens of letters inside cascade onto the forest green bedspread. He shuffles through the seemingly endless pile of envelopes addressed to his son, Terrance, as his five-year-old step-grandson, Emari, looks on. UCLA. Washington. Colorado. Wisconsin. Nebraska. Just about every college football program in the country wanted to recruit “T.K.,” a star linebacker who played for one of the best prep football programs in the country.