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Tamir Rice’s mother to open centre in honour of late son


THE MOTHER of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed in 2014, is set to open up a centre in memory of his life.

The planned Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center will honour Tamir’s legacy by acting as a place of refuge for black children in Cleveland.

In the safe space, youngsters can participate in visual arts, drama and music, as well as learning civics.

The centre will be aiming to mentor young people on how to “dissect and participate in political systems.”

Samaria Rice already purchased the centre in March of this year, costing $162,680 of the $6 million settlement that was awarded over the wrongful death suit.

PICTURED: Samaria Rice (Photo credit: Getty Images)

She is hoping to renovate the former newspaper building with money raised from a “Sweet Sixteen” party for the birthday that Tamir will never see.

With an aim of $21,000, she will put the money towards adding new windows and a stage to the property.

In a recent interview, she said: “Nobody is talking about Tamir anymore in Cleveland, and that’s sad.”

“I’m a nurturer and I still had some nurturing to do for Tamir, but I was robbed of that. I want to see some positivity.

I don’t really see a whole lot of positivity coming out of the inner city when it comes to the youth that is suffering. I want the centre to give them a sense of hope,” she said.

Rice added: “I’ve got to channel my stuff to the youth because they’re going to be our future. I may not see it in my lifetime, but the centre will make sure it gets done, that’s for sure.”

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