CHICAGO — Classmates of an Auburn Gresham girl fatally shot last week are holding an art show Tuesday to raise money for her funeral.
The fundraiser will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the ACE Tech Charter High School, 5410 S. State St., in Washington Park with all proceeds going to help the family of 15-year-old Porshe Foster defray the costs of her funeral later this week.
Foster was shot Nov. 26 while standing in a backyard with friends in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue.
A day after the shooting at the crime scene, Randy Washington, 18, said that the shots that hit Foster were meant for him.
Foster was a smart, well-rounded sophomore at the school, friends and family said.
ACE Tech's student council and Foster’s friends came up with the idea to hold the fundraiser, according to Joan Archie, the school board president.
“They had a strong need to express their feelings about Porshe and to support her family,” Archie said Monday.
A variety of art created by students will be on sale today, she said.
The student body has dealt with such loss before, Archie said. Another student was lost to violence two years ago.
“Unfortunately, our students see violence more than they should,” she said. “This is not the first death they’ve seen.”
For more information about the fundraiser, call principal Marvin Talley at (773) 548-8705.