Nicole Nored, the mother of a teen slain last week, said the support she’s received since her son’s death “has been overwhelming.”
One Health Ohio, a community medical center on Wick Avenue, organized a spaghetti dinner and raffle Saturday at its Wick Avenue location at the Youngstown Community Health Center to raise money to help Nored pay the funeral expenses for her son, Tre’Von Kimbrough.
“It’s amazing the support we’ve received,” said Nored, who works as a nurse at One Health Ohio. “My son was really loved by a lot of people. It’s kind of hard to express the loss.”
Kimbrough, 18, of Rush Boulevard, was found dead at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 7, shot multiple times and found in the rear parking area of a vacant business on Market Street on the city’s South Side. The location is a short distance from where neighborhood block-watch members and law-enforcement officials were meeting that day to talk about ways to address crime.
Kimbrough is the city’s first homicide victim of 2012.
No arrests had been made as of Saturday.
“I hold out hope this will change; it’s senseless; these young kids killing each other for no reason,” Nored said. “He was taken away too soon.”
Kimbrough was an East High School senior and a dishwasher at the Blue Wolf Tavern in Boardman. He had a passion for music and basketball, his family and friends said.
“He was a good guy, humble and always there for you,” said Charles Walker, a friend of Kimbrough’s and an East High student. “If you needed someone for basketball, you’d call on him. You could always call on him for anything.”
“He was a good kid,” added James Woods, another friend and classmate. “He kept me motivated to do the right thing. He kept me on the right track. He was always there for his friends.”
Beth Haddle, One Health Ohio’s chief operating officer, said Nored was there for her when her son was wounded in Iraq in 2005.
“She always had a kind word,” Haddle said. “Nicole was always very supportive and we want to do the same for her. She’s a great employee.”
The money collected from Saturday’s event will go to the Tre’Von Kimbrough Memorial Fund at First National Bank.
Saturday’s event is “a good thing,” said Julius Kimbrough, the homicide victim’s father, who lives in the Seattle, Wash., area. “Tre was loved. This is pretty big. I’m happy to see people show their support.”
Kimbrough added: “It’s pretty sad to take my son’s life like that.”
If any money is left after funeral expenses, Nored said she’ll save the rest for a college fund for Kimbrough’s half-brother, Tyree Reeder, 11.