Boston Latin School alumni have raised $28,000 for a scholarship honoring Imette St. Guillen, a 1999 graduate of the prestigious high school who was slain in New York in February.
St. Guillen's sister, Alejandra, said in an interview yesterday that she and her mother want to establish a permanent college scholarship for Boston Latin seniors because Imette loved education. St. Guillen was working toward an advanced degree in criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice when she was killed. She was raped and strangled after leaving a SoHo bar.
A bouncer at the bar, Darryl Littlejohn, has been charged with murdering her.
``Imette just loved everything about school," Alejandra said. ``To be able to have a scholarship in her name forever is something that we felt was one of the best ways we could honor her."
Barbara Regan, a Boston Latin classmate of St. Guillen's who is in charge of the fund-raising effort, said the committee hopes to raise at least $50,000, the amount she said is needed to endow a permanent scholarship.
Regan said many Boston companies have donated substantial sums, including Brigham and Women's Hospital and Partners HealthCare, which gave $10,000 each.
She said the committee will hold a fund-raiser and silent auction on Sept. 16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Tickets are $75 apiece and can be purchased at www.blsa.org.
James Rooney , the executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and a 1975 graduate of Latin, said that though he never met St. Guillen, he was so touched by the fund-raising effort that he formed an honorary committee to tap larger donors.
``Latin School is one of those places you never forget," he said. ``There's a bond that exists."