The Warren family during happier times. From left are Gerard’s brother, Terrance “TJ”, mother Terrier, father Michael and Gerard.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor, OPEC

Purchasing school supplies can be difficult for families already struggling just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. This is why staff at California Medical Facility (CMF), through a non-profit organization, have rallied to help. The organization helps keep alive the memory of a young man gunned down in a local neighborhood in 2005.

Gerard “G-Rod” Warren was 20 when unknown assailants took his life only a few doors down from his home. His father, CMF Correctional Sgt. Michael Warren, found him lying in the street, clinging to life. His son died a few hours later at the hospital. While Gerard wasn’t involved in drugs, gangs or violence, the Warrens believe the people who took his life were far down that path. Collectively, the family decided do something to help prevent other young people from engaging in criminal activity. The G-Rod Foundation was forged from the grief of Gerard’s slaying. The crime remains unsolved.

Through the years, the foundation has organized school supply giveaways and helped fund some scholarships.

The next fundraiser is 11 a.m., May 12, at the front entrance of CMF.

The group aims “to help raise funds to benefit underprivileged children throughout Solano County,” according to the event flyer.

They will be selling fried chicken or fish meals for a $15 donation.

Read more about the foundation, http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2016/03/forged-in-grief-charity-honors-memory-of-correctional-sergeants-son/