Boston Police Runners Club to Run Boston Marathon in Memory of Ryan Morrissey: Today, Friday, April 17, 2015, Commissioner William Evans, members of the Boston Police Runners Club, representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, representatives from Operation Progress Boston and family & friends of Ryan Morrissey gathered today at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club to honor and remember Ryan Morrissey by announcing the creation of a scholarship in his name. On November 5, 2014, Ryan, just 17 years-old, was shot and killed outside a Charlestown convenience store. Authorities later learned that Ryan was mistakenly targeted by suspects who wrongly identified him for someone else. Less than a year after the senseless murder, the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown, Operation Progress Boston and Boston Police Runners Club joined together to honor a young man who deserved better.
Today, scholarships were presented to two upstanding members of the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club who have displayed an ability and desire to be difference makers in their community. The Boston Police Runners Club presented a $50,000 check to Operation Progress Boston for scholarships to be presented in memory of Ryan Morrissey. Said Commissioner Evans: “In the days after Ryan was shot, I received more calls from people in the community telling me just how a special a kid Ryan was. It’s nice to know that – with the creation of this scholarship – his memory will live on for years to come.” Said Paul Morrissey, Ryan’s uncle, “Ryan was a great kid. We miss him every day. It’s nice to know that he’ll never be forgotten.”