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Murder victim's family trying to help kids in need

Dinerral Shavers Back to School Giveaway Dinerral Shavers Back to School Giveaway

New Orleans - A New Orleans murder victim's family is choosing to use his death, to help others. The family of Dinerral Shavers hope music and education will save lives in the city.

At the Ashe Cultural Center Saturday, music from the To Be Continued Brass Band filled the air.

With children dancing and singing, Nakita Shavers says this is the scene her brother, Dinerral, would have wanted to see. Nakita organized this school supply giveaway and health fair, in honor of her brother, who was murdered in 2006. "I could only hope that he's proud of the movement and I just want to continue his legacy," Nakita Shavers said.

Dinerral Shavers was a high school music teacher and member of the Hot 8 Brass Band. He was passionate about education reform, and keeping kids safe. He was shot to death while riding in a car with his wife and kids. Police said at the time he was not the intended target of the gunman. After his death, Nakita started the Dinerral Shavers educational fund and each year, invites kids from all over the community to her back to school giveaway.

Parent Tina Haines, who brought her five-year-old daughter to the event says, "I think an event like this will help the kids, get them off the street and they can meet people, they can learn different things and they have something positive in their life."

This is the 5th year Nakita organized a back to school bash. Throughout the year, she hosts other events as well, to make sure kids stay on the right path. Nakita says the work helps to take away the pain of losing her brother. Her efforts are being recognized by city leaders who say we need more Nakita Shavers in New Orleans. "First of all, just to keep Dinerral Shaver's memory alive is a wonderful and important thing for our city and particularly for these young people who get involved in the music, and education," said New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry.

Nakita Shavers hopes the children here will follow in her brother's footsteps and stay away from crime and instead, learn to help others. Perhaps, she says, they'll get into music, because it puts a smile on so many faces.

Dinerral Shavers' death rocked the community and after his murder thousands marched on City Hall to call for an end to the violence. Nakita Shavers says she thinks the time is coming again for residents to band together to stop the murders that plague the city.

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