Dajae’s friends stand next to his locker door, which was filled with signatures. The door was presented to his family. Photo by Evanston Photographic Studios.

DaeDae World Weekend drew hundreds of youth and adults to honor the memory of Dajae Coleman, who was shot and killed one year ago. Dajae, 14 years old,  was walking with friends in the 1500 block of Church Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2012, when a young man fired four shots at the group. One shot struck Dajae. The shooter mistakenly believed that the group Dajae was walking with had been involved in an earlier altercation with the shooter’s cousin, say police.

The weekend of events, sponsored by the Dajae Coleman Foundation, included an open mic, games and skating on Sept. 20 at Fleetwood Jordain and then a basketball skills clinic and a competitive basketball game between Dajae’s friends and teammates and his coaches at Beardsley Gym at Evanston Township High School on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Foundation was started by Dajae’s mother, Tiffany Rice.

“Our first annual DaeDae World Weekend was a huge success,” said the Dajae Coleman Foundaton. “[We] appreciate all who came out to volunteer and support the weekend that celebrated the life of such a beautiful spirit, Dajae Coleman.”