Fundraiser held in honor of teen who died at Josey High School

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News 12 @ 11 o'clock / Saturday, Sept. 13, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Folks gathered at T.W. Josey High School Saturday afternoon to dance and have a good time, while honoring a life gone too soon. Recardell Sheppard, known by his friends as C.J. died in 2014 during a pick up basketball game in the school gym. Saturday, folks held a fundraiser in that same spot in honor of him.

Dancers filled the Josey High School gym floor, but not just for fun. "This means a lot to the community that we came together to do something for one of our own," said Monique Braswell.

Braswell coordinated the first ever 'Whose Baby Got That?' dance competition. A portion of the money raised goes to a scholarship honoring Recardell "C.J." Sheppard. "As long as it's for a good cause we're going to come out and do the right thing," she said.

C.J. was a senior at T.W. Josey when he suddenly dropped dead during a pick up game of basketball last year. Quaila Burton, his mother, says the turn out shows how many lives her son touched. "I won't say any child is perfect but my son was pretty great," she said.

She says this fundraiser is a perfect tribute. "I loved him to death. And this event, any event they're going to give my son is very special to all of us," the mother said.

And for everyone who participated, the prize was much more than a trophy, it's honoring the teen gone too soon. "I'm just glad he was here. I know he's watching over us now. I had a dream the other night, and it was him," she said.

The event coordinator says they hope to raise about two thousand dollars for the scholarship fund. She says they will continue this event, and she believes it will be even bigger and better next year.