SLIDELL -- Heavy yard work is underway at the Slidell Youth Football Association fields. But it's not for spring cleaning. It's to help clear the community's heartbreak over losing Mark Womack and Ro Scott.
The young men were killed as innocent bystanders in a shooting outside a Slidell bar the day after Christmas.
But four months later, what's happening on the fields this weekend is an effort to remember them by doing something both loved, a flag football tournament.
"It's been a good feeling because it’s been a way to find peace with the whole situation, with the whole event that took place," said organizer Savan “Bam the Bully” Fisher.
Friend E.J. Walls said,"It's what Ro would have wanted us to do. Even the night before he was taken from us, we were on Facebook talking in a group message about playing ball the next day."
Organizers say support for the event has been good, with 12 teams signed up so far, and many sponsors on board, including the association who operates the fields.
"To help the community out and have the community come together against violence," said Chad Chagnard with SYFA. Saturday’s event isn't just to benefit Mark and Ro's families, it's also to show the community, in particular kids, something positive like teamwork and togetherness.
"We can turn Tragedy into Triumph and it’s actually to show them that people can come together,” said Fisher, “Be a team, be one no matter what color, what race, what ethnicity you are, we all are one."
Walls said, “To show the community we're not going to stand for violence, this tearing apart our town or taking young kids from us." The hope is to continue healing through Mark and Ro's love of the game.
Registration for the event is open until the games start at 11. For more information on the event, visit our Links on 4 page