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In Part 1, Richmond teens talk candidly about the gang pressures that surround them.Today, in the second of a two-part series: The Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation brings teenagers face to face with the harsh consequences of drugs and crime, and helps them to choose a better path.
“Y’all ready to see a body?” asks Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Biggs. He gets a less-than-enthusiastic response from the dozen or so boys gathered outside a building in Martinez. They’re participating in today’s E.A.G.L.E.S. session, a program sponsored by the Terrance “T.K.” Kelly Youth Foundation. “Well,” he says, reaching for the door handle, “you’ll get to see feet.”
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.