WASHINGTON — Thurgood Marshall Academy was forever changed in 2017 when 16-year-old Zaire Kelly was shot and killed in a robbery attempt. The star-athlete and stellar student was 300 feet away from his front door when he lost his life, returning home from a college prep course.
Kelly’s senseless death changed Thurgood Marshall and what education looks like for its students.
“It kind of puts a strain on me sometimes, because I know any given day anything can happen,” Robert Ottey said.
Ottey is a junior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast D.C., and started at the school after Kelly was murdered. But Ottey said knowing Kelly’s story affects all the students at Thurgood.
“My friend’s friend got murdered, and I have been trying