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12 Students Receive Scholarships From Fund for Slain Teenager

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The mother of a Compton high school student killed by gang cross-fire in January presented college scholarships to 12 of her daughter’s classmates during Wednesday’s graduation ceremonies at Centennial High School.

Loretta Thomas-Davis, one of three panelists to select the award recipients, gave out $4,300 in grants. The money came from nationwide contributions to a scholarship fund set up after her 17-year-old daughter, Corie Williams, was shot aboard a bus Jan. 16.

The largest sum--$2,000--went to Victoria Ann Gibson, 18. She plans to attend Cal State Northridge in the fall, and hopes to pursue a career counseling inner-city youth.

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The Corie Williams Scholarship Foundation expects to continue awarding scholarships yearly to graduating high school students in the Los Angeles area.

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