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Fundraiser to be held for foundation established in honor of slain man

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The family of an 18-year-old man killed on Christmas Eve is raising money for a foundation named in his honor.

Joshua Watson was shot and killed in the parking lot of a shopping center as he walked home from the bus stop.

His family says that Watson was passionate about everything he did.

In a video he posted on YouTube, Watson talked about looking forward to graduating from high school.

"And I know my mom is going to be proud. And my friends are already proud. I'm just waiting until  the day I walk across that stage," Watson said.

Watson's family said he was an inspiration.

"I was proud to have him as my brother. He encouraged so many people around him and he was always positive," said Armina Watson.

The Watson family will hold a benefit gospel concert Saturday to raise money for Creator Genius, the foundation they established in Joshua's memory.

"That was him. That was fitting for him. So, he came up with that. That's the name of our foundation - Creator Genius," said Geannie Watson, Joshua's mother.

Joshua Watson's killer is still wanted, but his family hopes the foundation they started can help spare another family the pain and suffering of losing a loved one.

"I don't want someone to hurt the way our family hurts from losing him," said Armina Watson.

The Watsons want to send other young people to the same art camp that sparked Joshua's creativity. They say it will give them the strength to go on, and someone else a creative outlet instead of a gun.

"It's important for me. This foundation is going to help someone. It's also going to help us too," said Geannie Watson.

Atlanta police officials will attend the benefit concert in Joshua Watson's memory. It takes place Saturday night at 5:30 at the Atlanta Boulevard Seventh Day Adventist Church located on Maynard Terrace South East.

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