Dad hopes to make metropolis safer with new initiative

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Pete dad is on a mission to make town safer after the dying of his son again in 2019.

Marquis Scott was shot and killed whereas using his bike. Now, he is making an attempt to realize traction for a brand new initiative he is created.


Maress Scott and his son Marquis

“We discovered ourselves eager to do extra for the group,” Maress Scott stated.

Scott has a giant coronary heart with even larger objectives. He needs to finish gun violence in St. Petersburg.

“How do you eat an elephant? One chew at a time,” Scott stated.

On Sept. 17, 2019, Scott’s son was killed. Scott says Marquis was about to show over a brand new leaf and begin lessons for a commerce program. He determined to channel that grief into his group.

“I may hear my spouse’s voice when she stated, ‘Marquis would anticipate us to do one thing as a result of we instructed him being a Scott means one thing,'” he stated.


Scott began going into neighborhoods, asking younger males to signal the “Black St. Pete Pledge.” In brief, it asks the one that indicators it to stroll away from conditions that might result in violence.

“We go to the very folks that everybody says cannot be reached. And by the grace of God, these guys have been very receptive,” Scott stated. “You are discovering out they do not wish to die and so they have issues themselves.

Scott says that led him to create the “Quis For Life,” an initiative with a play on his son’s title.

At Thursday’s metropolis council assembly, he confirmed council members the curriculum he’d wish to convey to St. Pete college students with a revamped pledge known as the “St. Pete Youth Pledge.” He hopes it’s going to shift the tradition.

“It challenges the no snitching tradition. It challenges the fears and impress[es] upon them to take a stance, to undertake a non-violent way of life in addition to share their way of life with pals,” Scott stated.

Usually, sons keep on the legacy of their fathers. However Scott believes telling Marquis’ story might be the spark to ignite change for generations to return.

“All these folks acquired the sunshine that was in my son, it is shining in us and by the grace of God we have been going to make the change. We wish to save anyone’s life,” he stated.

Metropolis council members instructed Scott they’d like to attach him with assets like Parks and Rec and Pinellas County faculties to get the phrase out to youngsters across the county.

If you would like to assist Scott’s mission, you possibly can e mail him at