The prosecutor who tried the Catherine Fuller murder case announced yesterday the establishment of a college scholarship fund to provide a "different kind of incentive" for young people in the Northeast neigborhood where Fuller was beaten to death.
"During our investigation, we talked to hundreds of young people whose lives were wasted, who had no hope for themselves," said Jerry S. Goren, who left the U.S. attorney's office this year after 11 young men were convicted of Fuller's October 1984 slaying. "My hope is that this would provide a different kind of incentive, a different alterative to stretch for."
Goren made the announcement after he was honored for his prosecution of the case during the U.S. attorney's annual award ceremonies. Goren said he planned to donate the money he received as part of the award -- about $1,300 -- to the "Catherine Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund."
Fuller was beaten to death in an alley near the busy intersection of Eighth and H streets NE during an afternoon robbery attempt as dozens of young people looked on, according to trial testimony. During the trial, a number of young people described aimless days spent hanging out in parks and arcades and smoking PCP. Only one of the defendants had graduated from high school.
Thirty-five other prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office also were honored at yesterday's ceremony.