WBUR Reflects with Remy Lawrence on Death of Her Son, Tyler
02.07.24 – Tyler Lawrence, grandson of Northeastern Law friend and colleague Stan Lawrence, was killed while walking in Mattapan in January 2023. He was just 13 years old when his life was tragically cut short by horrific violence. Just over a year after Tyler was fatally shot, Remy Lawrence, his mother, joined WBUR’s “Radio Boston” on February 2, 2024, to talk about Tyler’s life and legacy.
“Tyler is very much with me. Always, I feel him with me, I know that he's with me,” she said in an emotional conversation with Radio Boston. “There are days when it feels like I'm still waiting for Tyler to come home. More days than not, I feel like I am waiting.”
Multiple communities have worked to honor his life and legacy, Lawrence said. Coakley Middle School in Norwood, where Tyler went to school, held a three-on-three basketball tournament to raise funds for a bench with his name on it. A park is being built in his name at the Norwood Municipal Airport; his mother said they expect to open the park this year.
At Northeastern Law, Professor Richard Daynard and his wife, Carol, established the Tyler Lawrence Memorial Peacemaker Award to support Northeastern Law students who carry on Tyler’s legacy. The award is given out annually in Tyler’s name to recognize and support Northeastern Law students who carry on his legacy through youth advocacy and/or community building work accomplished through experiential learning. This includes work that takes place on co-op or through extra-curricular activities. Nadia Eldemery ’24, who has dedicated her work to youth advocacy and plans to continue to devote her career to being an advocate for children after graduation, was the first recipient of the annual award.
“There have been beautiful things to come about,” said Remy Lawrence. “Tyler will not be forgotten.”
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