Murder Victim’s Now-Grown Daughter Wants To Help At-Risk Youths

(CBS) — Some might call it controversial: a scholarship for teens who are on the wrong path.

But its creator says that’s exactly who needs the most help.

CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports.

Decades ago, family members say, a father went to a White Castle restaurant for food — he left, and eventually became a victim.

April 23, 1982: Ezekiel Taylor was robbed, kidnapped and found fatally shot. Also found with him was a picture of his then 5-year-old daughter.

It is difficult for that daughter – Tenisha Bell, now an adult — to speak up about the crime.

But she did so, without speaking at all.

The video shared on social media is nearly 3 silent minutes of her father’s past chilling story.

Bell notes it’s also Chicago’s present gun violence story.

Rather than staying angry at his murderers, she’s trying to help those like them, before they silence another family’s loved one.

“I want to make sure that we are reaching those individuals who are falling through the cracks,” Bell says.

She has set up the Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation.

She says it’s not for A or B students, but possibly dropouts or teens on the path of failure who could take a positive detour through an educational program.

“Why not take the risk? Otherwise, you’ll let the gangs get to them,” she says.

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