Scholarship named in honor of Portsmouth shooting victim

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — In January, someone shot and killed 18-year-old, Omar Booker. Now Regent University founder Dr. Pat Robertson and local donors are giving back in his name.

Not only will a new scholarship provide college funding for kids in the community, it will help Booker’s own family.

“He had a bright future ahead of him,” said Robertson during the scholarship announcement on Saturday evening.

Pat Robertson announced the Omar Booker Memorial Scholarship Saturday at the I.C. Norcom High School Athletics Hall of Fame event. Franklin and Maxine Vinson, Booker’s parents, were there to accept the honor. Former Governor Bob McDonnell was there to support Regent University.

“This scholarship, by the way, is for those whose parents have been killed by homicide,” said Robertson. “So what we want to say is, perhaps we can stop the violence. And if we love each other, and get together as a community, this thing will happen.”

Each year the scholarship will be given to a student in Hampton Roads to attend Regent. The first scholarship will be awarded in spring of 2017.

Booker had worked at Philadelphia Cold Cuts in Portsmouth for four years. It was there an unknown person shot and killed Booker around 9:30 p.m. on January 20, 2015.

The sandwich shop owner, George Fuller, told at the time of the shooting that he thought of Booker as a son. He said the teenager often worked six days a week and he hoped he would someday take over the business.

“He’s still helping people,” said Maxine Vinson, Booker’s mother. “He’s not even here. But, he’s still helping people and that’s a blessing.”

Booker had a son, who is now two years-old, that he left behind. Through Regent and local donors, Booker’s son, Quinton, will still be taken care of. Robertson surprised the family by telling them their grandson will have a full ride to Regent should he decide to attend one day.

The Vinsons were shocked and thankful for the gift. Maxine Vinson said, her son would be proud to know his son would be going to college one day.

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