Fund is named for slain boy

December 25, 1992|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,Staff Writer

An outpouring of generosity from the public has led to th establishment of a memorial fund in the name of Michael Shawn Gasque, the 11-year-old Edmondson Village boy who was slain last week.

The boy's uncle, Goldie Brandon, said yesterday that the family started the fund after people who had heard the news and seen Michael's photo on TV began sending in donations.

Mr. Brandon said the money will be used to help pay for the college education of Michael's only sibling, 16-year-old Monique Renee Mack, an 11th-grader at Edmondson Westside Senior High School.

"Michael was just beginning to enjoy his education," Mr. Brandon said of the fifth-grade youngster. "Now that he's gone, we thought the money should help his sister further her education."

Contributions can be sent to the Michael Shawn Gasque Fund, Provident Bank of Maryland, 4552 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229.

A diligent student, popular and an outstanding athlete, Michael was found dead Dec. 18 in an abandoned shed near his home in the 1200 block of N. Woodington Road. He had been missing since going out to play two days earlier. The body had multiple stab wounds.

A 30-year-old neighbor, Warren C. Berry, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the boy's death. According to the police and Michael's relatives, Berry had befriended neighborhood children and played basketball with them at a community playground.

Berry, of the 3900 block of Glenhunt Road, had been released from prison in January after serving 11 years of a 15-year %J sentence for sex offenses.

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