Parents plan memorial concert for slain son

September 11, 1998|By Daniel Valentine | Daniel Valentine,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Exactly one year after their son was shot to death, the parents of Maishan St. Patrick Nelson plan a gospel concert at his college next week to honor their son's memory and raise money for scholarships in his name.

The concert will begin at 6: 30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Morgan State University's Murphy Auditorium. Performers will include the Morgan State University Choir. General admission is $25, but larger donations are welcome.

The 19-year-old Morgan sophomore and honor student was killed behind the 700 block of McCabe Ave. last year on his way to a friend's house. He was turning his car around in an alley when he was fatally shot.

The motive is unknown, and no arrest has been made, police said. The case is under investigation.

Patrick and Ruth Nelson, parents of the 1996 Northern High School valedictorian, said the concert is a chance to help more students pursue Nelson's dream of becoming a computer engineer.

"It's going to be a day for blessing," said Patrick Nelson. "What we're really doing is for the community, so we can give something back to them."

Nelson said he hopes to raise enough money for three more Northern High graduates to receive $2,000 scholarships. To qualify, students must have a 3.9 grade point average and be active in the community and school. Fellow Northern High graduate Kristen Delores Harrison, a Morgan freshman, won the first Nelson scholarship.

Nelson said he speaks with investigators daily about the case. He asked that anyone with information call Baltimore police at 410-276-8888.

Nelson said he and his wife chose the gospel showcase because their son was an active member of Payne Memorial AME Church.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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