Donna Carter says her son, Sylvester James-Bristol, Jr., was the type of person who could cheer up anyone when they were down. “Jay Jay,” as his family called him, had a smile that was infectious and a passion for helping others.
Jay Jay, who was attending Gonzales Academy in Louisiana at the time of his sudden death, had goals of graduating from high school and joining the U. S. Army so he could help people across the world.
Carter said her 14-year-old son died in a car crash caused by law enforcement officials in Louisiana.
“No matter what you were going through, Jay Jay always wanted to give you a big hug and he could make you forget about what you were dealing with,” said Carter, who plans to attend law school in the summer. “He was someone that you would say had an old soul. His mission was to help other people and he would tell you that.”
After Jay Jay’s death, Carter moved to Stone Mountain to start a new life. Now, she is setting up a foundation in honor of her son, “Jay Jay’s Wrongful Death Legacy Foundation.” Carter says the foundation will assist victims of police misconduct.
Carter says if “Jay Jay” were here today, he would want the foundation to help others at all costs.
“I hope to have the foundation up and running as a non-profit in about 90 days,” said Carter. “I must continue his legacy and strive to help others. I cannot let his death go in vain.”