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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Aug. 22)
Community Fun Day honours legacy of murdered teen

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Dapo Agoro was stabbed to death in 2002 while trying to break up a fight just two weeks short of his high school graduation. File photo

It's been 13 years since Oladapo Agoro was stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight in a downtown dance club.

He was 18 years old at the time and two weeks short of his high school graduation. Since then two other teenagers have been stabbed to death in similar circumstances. Scott Ledoux was killed while trying to break up a fight at a house party in Orléans in 2011, and St. Patrick High School student Brandon Volpi was stabbed to death on his prom night in 2014.

In the aftermath of Dapo's tragic death, the Agoro family organized the first annual Dapo Fun Day to celebrate his life and the principles by which he lived.

Known as a peacemaker by his peers at Lester B. Pearson High School, Dapo was a devotee of Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles of non-violent conflict resolution.

It is in that vein that the Agoro family launched the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace in 2003 to help promote non-violent conflict resolution in area high schools, and to bring awareness to the increasing prevalence of knives among today’s youth.

The organization also awards an annual scholarship to a student at Lester B. Pearson who best exemplifies the principles of non-violent conflict resolution.

Over the years, the Dapo Fun Day has been used as a means to both promote the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace and raise funds for the scholarship.

This year's Fun Day will take place on Aug. 28 in Blackburn Park on Glen Park Drive beside the Blackburn Arena. There will be plenty of music, food and activities for the kids including a dunk tank, facepainting and cotton candy.

The opening ceremony will take place at noon inside the Blackburn Community Hall and the festivities will follow.

For more information on the Dapo Agoro Foundation For Peace visit www.dapoagorofoundation.org/.

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