- Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

GARY, Ind. (AP) - David Rorex was just a baby when his father, Gary police Detective Dorian Rorex, was shot and killed while chasing a drug dealer through a Gary alley in 1998.

David’s brother, Dorian Jr., wasn’t even born yet.

But with the help of their parents and others, the boys know a great deal about what kind of person their father was.

Now, as David prepares to graduate from Portage High School next month and begin college in southern Indiana, the brothers decided to organize an event that would help the community and remind Gary residents of their father’s sacrifice to the city.

On Saturday morning, the brothers will be inside the main entrance at 504 Broadway in Gary collecting nonperishable food items for Catholic Charities. People who pass through will also be asked to sign a petition to rename a street in their father’s honor, the Post-Tribune reported (https://trib.in/1Gt2Wf9 ).

Their mother, Linda Montemayor Carrillo, said the street might be at West Side High School, where Rorex graduated, or his parents’ street in Brunswick where he grew up.

Carolyn Shotwell, a friend of the family, has been helping the Rorex sons organize the event.

“They wanted to do something to get people involved in preserving their father’s legacy,” she said.

Catholic Charities gives away food twice a week and can always use more donations, she said.

Shotwell said she approached Vance Kenny, the new owner of the old Gary State Bank building, who offered to set up tables, chairs and whatever was needed for the event.

Carrillo said she is proud of her sons and their desire to keep their father’s memory alive.

“They’re getting older and we don’t know where life will take them, but this will always be their home, their father’s home and their grandparents’ home,” Carrillo said.

The drive is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 504 Broadway in Gary.


Information from: Post-Tribune, https://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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