Tyre Nichols has been laid to rest, but the challenge of processing and making change following his death has just begun. As this process takes shape, Nichols’ parents, RowVaughn Wells and Rodney Wells, have set up a memorial fund in their son’s memory. By doing so, the couple aims to cover the cost of their mental health care and take time off from work to seek justice for their son. Thus far, comedian Lil’ Rel Howery, singer Ari Lennox and screenwriter Damon Lindelof have donated to the memorial fund. Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, and As Told By Ginger writer Emily Kapnek have also contributed.
“This brother was only guilty of being afraid for his life while being attacked by legal thugs. A peaceful person should never die like that, ever! He yelled for his [Mom] because he was so close to his house,” Lil’ Rel Howery said about Nichols’ death.
Additionally, former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk has committed to donating half of the proceeds from autographed photos of himself and BMX rider Rick Throne. Hawk has also expressed an interest in developing a skate park in Nichols’ honor.
“My proceeds from these will go to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund, which includes plans to build a public skatepark in his honor; as our worlds continue to grieve his loss,” Hawk tweeted.
“He was a talented skater among other admirable traits. Let’s keep his legacy alive.”
Thus far, the memorial fund has raised more than $1.3 million.