By: Emily Johnson
December 15, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - The family of the former FAMU Football player Jonathan Ferrell held a toy drive in his honor. "Yes this helps keeping my son's memory alive," said Georgia Ferrell.
Many family and friends gathered at the Character Center off of Century Park Drive to bring toys and to remember the good life Jonathan lived. Donations came from as far as Charlotte, North Carolina. "So many people that came in contact with him were able to share conversations and different times they had and enjoyed with Jonathan," said Will Ferrell, Jonathan's brother.
Ferrell was killed by police officer, Randall Kerrick, in Charlotte, North Carolina in September. Kerrick was responding to a report of a burglary and opened fire as Ferrell ran toward him. Jonathan had been in a car accident and was trying to wave down the officer for help.
This isn't the Ferrell family's first toy drive, but this year it's different. "Instead of just giving them a few toys, we're giving them three toys, we can give them a lot more and make their Christmas a lot better," said Will Ferrell.
Ferrell's mother said her son enjoyed charitable work while helping and mentoring young people. "If you met him you could consider him as a friend, because he loved everybody. John was a person, he didn't care who you were, how you looked, thin or fat, short or tall, you were just a person to him, he loved you," said Georgia Ferrell.
The toys were taken to local charities in town.