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Oak Terrace End of Summer, Back to School Bash goes on in light of tragedy


Monday afternoon's fatal shooting in Southeast Rochester has left a lot of people on edge,especially the community members of Oak Terrace Park, where the shooting happened.

19-year-old Courtney Ocegueda opened fire in the neighborhood Monday afternoon.

His bail is set at $1-million unconditional, $500,000 with conditions, for shooting and killing 22-year-old Trumane Gilmore and wounding two others, while they were playing basketball in the street.

Ocegueda was arrested in Faribault after a stand off on Tuesday.

He faces a series of charges including two second degree murder charges, in addition to first and second degree attempted murder.

In light of the homicide, Oak Terrace Park managers and others in the community wanted to make sure an annual event for school kids lives on there.

Quality education is crucial to the growth of children.

"We see the importance of getting our kids in school, being in school, taking um, being excited about being there. It's going to help them be successful to graduate. And then beyond," said Lisa Weber, the truancy intervention coordinator for Rochester Public Schools.

Enter the End of Summer, Back to School Bash for Oak Terrace residents.

A family picnic event with games, activities, and food, all aimed at providing students with needed school supplies.

"The kids play games, they turn their tickets in for school supplies, backpacks, binders, that sort of thing," said Christine Caballero, assistant property manager for Oak Terrace Estates.

Now in it's third year, the turnout is only getting more impressive.

"Generally we reach about 200 kids. The number keeps increasing every single year," said Caballero.

All of the school supplies comes from organizations in the Rochester community.

"Autumn Ridge Church, Our Savior Church, the Rochester Police Benevolent, Walmart, Target, the United Way---their Running Start program ended up donating a lot of supplies," said Weber.

After the recent homicide on Marion Road, community members had a message to share with us at the bash.

"We want Rochester to know and the surrounding communities to know that this will not break us. Will not scare people away. Will not scare us away and we're just going to keep moving forward," said Caballero.

"You gotta make good out of a bad situation. The only way we're going to recover from this is come together as a community and work together to protect our families and neighbors," said Oak Terrace resident Andrea Wilcher.

Banding together in the face of tragedy, all for the kids.

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