family recently got together with a few of their friends,
members of the Ottawa Police Service and local dignitaries
to celebrate the legacy of their son and brother Oladapo
Agoro, who was stabbed to death while trying to break up
a fight in a downtown dance club in June 2012.
was just 19 at the time and had just bought a new suit for
his graduation dance at Lester B. Person Catholic High School.
soccer player, he was considered by many of his friends
and the Lester B. Pearson staff as a peer counsellor and
that desire to keep the peace that spurred him to try and
break up a fight between a friend and a young man at a Rideau
Street dance club on June 8, 2002.
man, seeing that his friend was outnumbered, entered the
scene with a knife and stabbed Agoro four times, causing
murderer was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being
found guilty not once, but twice, after being granted a
retrial in 2008.
his tragic death in 2002, Dapo’s family organized the very
first Dapo Fun Day in Blackburn Park.
later they formed the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace which
promotes non-violent conflict resolution and gives out a
bursary ever year to the student at Lester B. Pearson who
best exemplifies the traits espoused by Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., which Dapo tried to live up to each and every
day during his short life.
bit of rain failed dampen the spirits of this year’s participants.
When the skies opened up they simply moved the festivities
inside the Blackburn Community Hall and when the sun popped
out again the party was moved back outside where everyone
enjoyed barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers while listening
to music provided by a live DJ.
ceremonies were attended by Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde
and Innes Ward Coun. Laura Dudas
Fun Day is held every year on the third Saturday in August
in the Blackburn Park on Glen Park Drive.
information about the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace visit
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)