Memorial fund organized for man killed
during daughter's basketball game
Terrell Rogers, 39, shown with his daugther Tierra Rogers
was gunned down Saturday during a high-school basketball game
at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory school.
Photo courtesy CBS5
By Ashley Wright
January 17, 2008
Wells Fargo Bank branches are accepting donations for a memorial
fund in the name of San Francisco resident Terrell Rogers, 39,
who was fatally shot Saturday night during halftime at his daughter's
high school basketball game, Hunters Point Family executive director
Takai Tyler said.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch and will be used
for Rogers' family to pay for funeral services, make up for the
income lost because of his death and provide a college education
for Rogers' daughter Tierra Rogers, a high school junior and a
blue chip basketball player for Sacred Heart's nationally ranked
"His goal was for his daughter to go to college," said
Tyler, who worked with Rogers for four years at Hunters Point
Family, a grassroots, community-based, youth development agency.
Rogers was the cofounder of Peacekeepers, a non-profit organization
focused on helping youth in the Alice Griffith Housing Development
in San Francisco. Peacekeepers became part of Hunters Point Family
organization in 2003, according to the group's Web site.
Tyler said that Rogers worked with community youth as a mentor,
tutor, and mediator, and provided enrichment activities and family
support among other services.
"He was a great person and he is definitely going to be
missed," Tyler said.
San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said Tuesday that the
Saturday night shooting was not a random act of violence, and
that the killers were gunning for Rogers.
Mannina noted that another man who was with Rogers at the time
of the shooting was not shot.
Rogers and the unidentified man were attending a basketball game
between Sacred Heart and Archbishop Mitty High School at Sacred
Heart Cathedral Preparatory. The two men left the gym at the game's
halftime and headed for Rogers' van, which was parked across Ellis
Street between Franklin and Gough streets.
Two gunmen came upon them when they reached the van and opened
fire on Rogers before fleeing on foot, police said. Rogers was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are continuing to investigate and have not determined
a motive, Mannina said. Investigators have been interviewing witnesses,
looking at surveillance video of the area and posting flyers encouraging
anyone with information to contact the Police Department.
School community members, including the girl's basketball team,
have been provided grief counseling and prayer services as a result
of the shooting, according to the school's Web site.
School officials stated on the site, "SHCP has set in motion
procedures to serve the needs of students as our community mourns...
During the first period (Monday) morning, members of the women's
basketball team attended a prayer service in the school's chapel
to grieve and receive the support of counselors, coaches and teammates.
The entire school community is praying for the SHCP junior and
her family, and all the members of the basketball team."
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact San
Francisco Police Department Inspectors Antonio Casillas or Robert
Lynch at (415) 553-1149 or call the Police Department's anonymous
tip line at (415) 575-4444.
Donations to the Terrell Rogers memorial fund can be made at
Wells Fargo banking locations under account No. 6605021671. Checks
should be made payable to Girls 2000, and Terrell Rogers should
be written in the memo line, according to Tyler.
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