With a $1,000 donation, the city of South Pasadena began a citywide effort Monday to help a boy whose mother was fatally shot last week during a sandwich shop robbery.
As businesses rallied to raise money, city commissioners decided to give $1,000 of taxpayer dollars to a trust fund for 5-year-old Jeremy Sherman.
"I can see where this thing is going to really go into a community effort," said Mayor Fred Held.
Already, grocery stores and an ice cream shop in the community were calling, offering help and money, he said.
Subway, where 24-year-old Ann Marie Sherman worked, has set up the trust fund at SouthTrust Bank, 1101 Pasadena Ave. S.
Sherman, of Gulfport, was shot and killed last Thursday. Robert Anthony Pasquince, a 22-year-old New York man has been charged with murder.
Police are searching for a second man.