Money is being raised to start a scholarship to honor, and remember, a 17-year-old Salina South High School student who was shot and killed.
Salinan Christina Humphrey is rallying support, and raising money, in honor of Allie Saum. Humphrey has started a campaign to “end senseless violence, and live, love and inspire our youth!”
As part of her effort, Humphrey has committed to completing the 2016 Oklahoma City Marathon in honor of Allie.
Humphrey told KSAL News that as she trains her goal will be to collect $500.00 to start the Allie Saum Scholarship. The scholarship will be given to a Salina Senior that has shown exemplary actions in participating in church and school activities, and is dedicated to helping others.
Every year after this Humphrey, or someone of her choosing, will run the marathon in memory of Allie and raise funds for the scholarship. Her goal is to keep the scholarship going on forever.
Humphrey says that is her small way to encourage youth today to “give of themselves” to others and honor a young lady that was called home way to soon. “I love my hometown, I love our youth, and this is just one small way to be a positive example and show them that love is the key,” she said.
Allie Saum was shot and killed last week in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police said that the shooting was prompted by a fight earlier in the evening. A group of people went out to seek revenge. One of them mistakenly identified a male in a passing pickup truck as being involved in the fight. Shots were fired at the truck. Allie was also in the truck, and was hit in the head.
As Humphrey trains to run the marathon and raises money, she has already started to form a committee which will determine the criteria for the recipient of the Allie Saum scholarship.
Humphrey adds that she is challenging others in the community to join her in training, and running the marathon in memory of Allie.
Humphrey is updating her efforts via social media on her facebook page, and has started a go fund me page as well.