Korey Slaughter passed away at 23, Beaumont High School held vigil

Korey Slaughter passed away at 23, Beaumont High School held vigil

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Korey Slaughter Death – More than one hundred members of Korey Slaughter’s family, friends, students, and co-workers gathered a candlelight vigil at Noble Creek Park in Beaumont on the evening of January 6, 2019. Slaughter was a Boys and Girls Club staffer who had been slain in a shooting on December 28 in Los Angeles. Slaughter, who was 23 years old at the time of the shooting, was one of two people who were injured on December 28 about 8:30 p.m. when multiple suspects opened fire on a Pizza Hut and nearby businesses at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles. (The woman who was the second victim was taken to the hospital.)

Beaumont High School

Slaughter received his high school diploma from Beaumont High School and had been working as a campus security guard for the Beaumont Unified School District up until a few months ago. He most recently held a position with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Gorgonio, working at Nicolet Middle School in Banning for the organization’s initiatives there. The vigil was planned to provide support for Slaughter’s mother, Kristina Washington, and to provide a time for his local friends and students to grieve and say their goodbyes. Additionally, the vigil was conducted to show support for Slaughter’s mother.

Cynthia Fernandez stated

According to friends and co-workers, Slaughter’s passion and caring for the students resulted in a community impact greater than would be expected of someone as young as he. Cynthia Fernandez, who worked with Slaughter for three years at Mountain View Middle School, said that he “always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook.” “He loved working with kids and was like the campus big brother. He could see when kids were not okay and always tried to help them through it.”

Susan Smithson, who also worked with Slaughter in the Beaumont Unified School District, stated that his contacts with the students made him a campus celebrity, as did his dancing competitions with the students. Smithson also mentioned that Slaughter held the competitions with the students. “The kids gravitated toward him because he made everyone feel special. He never put anyone down,” Smithson said. “He was really committed to the kids, and he went above and beyond in his efforts while also being a friend to everybody.”

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