Mayor Lovely A. Warren officially renamed the Campbell Street R-Center on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in memory of ten-year-old Tyshaun Cauldwell whose life was taken by a stray bullet on June 29, 2001 near his Kondolf Street home. The facility, located at 524 Campbell St., will now be known as the Tyshaun Cauldwell R-Center for Hope. Joining Mayor Warren for the announcement were Tyshaun’s mother, Charlotte Freeman, along with his grandmother and nephew, and Daniele Lyman-Torres, Commissioner of the City’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services.
“Tyshaun was a young man full of promise and hope. His death, caused by a senseless act of violence, is a tragedy that we must never forget. But his death also caused this community to galvanize and make positive change. Because of Tyshaun, we know that we can overcome our toughest challenges if we work together. That was Tyshaun’s final gift to us, and we must always remember it, as well as the significant impact his all-too-brief life had on our city.”
Tyshaun was a kind, respectful and fun-loving child who would have entered fourth grade at Enrico Fermi School 17 had he lived. His senseless death sparked community outrage, and neighbors bonded together to turn their anger into action.
As a result, a Master Plan was developed for the neighborhood, the JOSANA neighborhood association was created, and the community schools model was implemented at School 17.
The devastating loss of Tyshaun inspired residents to effect change and gave hope to the community, resulting in a positive transition for the area and a stronger, healthier neighborhood.
A permanent plaque will hang inside the R-Center in tribute to Tyshaun.