Family of Andrew Joseph III holds memorial events

A small billboard with an image of Andrew Joseph III is placed within a group of protestors outside the Florida State Fair Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Tampa. Joseph III was killed as he attempted to cross Interstate 4 after being kicked out of the 2014 Florida State Fair. A series of events memorializing the teen will be held Feb. 8-10 this year. | Times Files
A small billboard with an image of Andrew Joseph III is placed within a group of protestors outside the Florida State Fair Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Tampa. Joseph III was killed as he attempted to cross Interstate 4 after being kicked out of the 2014 Florida State Fair. A series of events memorializing the teen will be held Feb. 8-10 this year. | Times Files
Published February 2 2018
Updated February 3 2018

The "We Remember Andrew Joseph III Memorial Weekend" will feature a series of events starting Thursday (Feb. 8) and running through Saturday (Feb. 10).

The weekend is built around the death of Joseph, who was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 4 in 2014 after being ejected, along with 98 other students, from the Florida State Fair on the night of Student Day.

His parents contend Joseph, an honor student at St. Stephen Catholic School, was mistakenly punished as part of a group of students causing mayhem at the fair that night. In 2016, it filed a lawsuit against the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the school district and the fair, alleging they’re responsible for the death of their son

The weekend kicks off on Thursday (Feb. 8) with a Memorial Light Brigade on the U.S. 301/Interstate 4 overpass. It continues on Friday (Feb. 9) with the Student Day Protest & Vigil, gathering at the Wing House, 5003 U.S. 301.

On Saturday (Feb. 10), a Healing in the Arts event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave. The event will be hosted by Wally B. and there will be performances by Dynasty, Venus Blue, Dennis Amadeus and more. A $20 donation will be welcomed at Healing in the Arts, with proceeds going to the Andrew Joseph III Memorial Foundaton "AJ Soars." The nonprofit organization is dedicated to making the community events safer for children.

The family invites supporters to join them at the weekend events to remember Andrew and share some healing and good vibes.

For more information on the foundation, visit their Facebook page entitled "Andrew Joseph, III Memorial Foundation "AJ Soars" or visit andrewjosephfoundation.org.

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