Columbus mother remembers son murdered at Double Churches Park through nonprofit organization

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Friday, June 15, marks two years since 24-year old Demonde "DJ" Dicks was shot and killed at Double Churches Park in Columbus.

Dicks was found lying on the ground near the basketball courts suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head.

His family says it is a slow healing process, but his death will not be in vain. They returning to the park to remember his life in another way.

"The things that lead up to DJ's murder and the circumstances all have to do with issues that our youth deal with. I know my son DJ's life was meaningful and it had a purpose," said Dicks' mother, Sheila Foye.

Foye says she wants to continue her son's legacy through the things that he loved, offering free concession snacks to youth at the Double Churches Park pool.

"DJ had a sweet tooth. He loved apple pies, honey buns, and all kinds of desserts. More than that, we are partnering with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department to offer subsidized programming for some of the kids," said Foye.

The foundation, called The Breakthrough Foundation, was created shortly after Dicks' murder and is designed to help youth realize their full potential.

The organization's motto is 'Doing it 4 DJ."

"Part of the mission of the foundation is to keep youth encouraged so they don't get involved in gangs and drugs. Honestly, it's me just continuing to mother my son by continuing to do this," said Foye.

The foundation is active in the Columbus and Atlanta areas.

Other family and friends are also keeping Dicks' name alive through an annual balloon release.

The group gathered outside the basketball court of the park at 2 p.m.  and released  dozens of red balloons.

The balloon release is expected to be an annual tradition.

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