Garon Bolden, the former Mountain View resident who penned a popular pro-education rap song when he was just 10 years old, was killed earlier this month when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in San Jose.
Investigators are still looking into the circumstances surrounding Bolden's death. The 17-year-old was apparently on a freeway on-ramp when he was hit, according to one local news report.
However he died, Bolden's father, Greg, said he wants people to remember his son for the vibrant life he lived.
According to an obituary from his family, Bolden showed a love and gift for music at a young age. He learned to read music when he was 8 years old. When he was 10, the Castro Elementary School student co-wrote and produced two hip-hop songs that were featured on several local radio stations, including KMEL.
The Voice profiled Bolden in a 2007 article, which focused on one of his songs, titled "Makin' the Grade," in which the young emcee rapped about staying out of trouble so he could excel in his studies.
His parents, Greg and Renee, have started a scholarship fund in his honor.
All proceeds will go into a scholarship fund that will be managed by San Jose State University.
Those who wish to contribute to the Garon Bolden Memorial Fund can do so by going to sjsu.edu/giving, clicking on the "Give Now" button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen and typing "In Memory of Garon Bolden" in the "Other Purpose Box."
Donations can also be mailed to SJSU, University Advancement, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0183.