ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque nonprofit hosted a fundraiser Sunday to raise money for student scholarships. The Kenneth B. Reiss Foundation was created to award scholarships to kids who have lost a parent or have been in the foster care system.
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Reiss was shot by police a year ago after calling 911, claiming there was a home invasion. When police arrived, Reiss led them on a chase and then shot at officers. Officers fired back and Reiss later died from his injuries.
All the money raised Sunday will go toward giving $500 scholarships to kids going to a university or technical trade school. Reiss’s son Devon says they also hope to fund research for community policing alternatives.
“He was a person that was very generous and kind and giving and this is our way to continue to honor that and those traditions,” said Rose Doyle, a member of Reiss’s family. Sunday’s fundraiser was the first-annual remembrance event for the foundation.