Friends and family of Demitri Quintrel Hampton, the 21-year-old who was shot and killed on January 27 by intruders in his Flanders home, are holding a community picnic and basketball tournament on Saturday, May 18, to support a scholarship in his name.
Jamal Davis, Mr. Hampton’s brother, said the day will include food, music for kids, prizes and raffles. Teams of three can also sign up for the three-on-three basketball tournament at a cost of $15 per team, with all proceeds going toward the scholarship. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ludlam Avenue Park.
Mr. Davis said he and his family hope to award the DQH Memorial Scholarship to a Riverhead High School graduate who will be enrolling in Suffolk County Community College, Mr. Hampton’s alma mater.
“We should have a great turnout,” Mr. Davis said.
He recalled his brother’s great sense of humor, his focus on academics and his love of basketball. “This is exactly what he would be doing had he been here—eating, laughing and joking,” he said. “We would like everyone to come out and support the cause and have a good time.”
Mr. Hampton graduated from Riverhead High School in 2010. Family and friends said Mr. Hampton died heroically while trying to protect his family after two masked gunmen broke into the home on Priscilla Avenue, where he was staying temporarily. Mr. Hampton confronted the armed robbers, which led to a fight, according to members of the family.
Suffolk County Police have made no arrests in the case.
On Saturday, February 2, hundreds gathered at Galilee Church of God in Christ in Riverside for his funeral. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery.
To sign up for the tournament, contact Mr. Davis at (516) 355-8899, or email DQHScholarshipfund@gmail.com.