Wednesday will mark a full year since Nelson Hopkins Jr. was gunned down while walking home from a bus stop near 54th and Lydia. Hopkins, a 17-year-old Alta Vista Charter High School student, had a college application in his pocket.
Hopkins' family will honor his memory with a prayer vigil and candlelit walk at the scene of the murder. The celebration of Hopkins' life starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rockhurst Community Center (5401 Troost Avenue). The walk will commence at 8:30 p.m. If you can make it, go.
In the wake of Hopkins' murder, Nelson Hopkins Sr. started Operation Promise Land with the hope of slowing Kansas City, Missouri's ridiculous murder rate. Read more about the elder Hopkins' work in this feature story by Nadia Pflaum.
Also, check out Nick Wright's radio show on 610 Sports around 5 p.m. for more on the tribute to Hopkins.
Photo by Emily Henson.