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Family honors Na’Jada Joyce’s love for helping children with new scholarship

AXTON, VA – The family and friends of Na'Jada Joyce are making sure her legacy and love for helping others is never forgotten.

“I’m going to always continue to keep my daughter’s memory alive. She’s going to always follow me in my heart, mind, body and soul,” her mother, Tilphanie Joyce said.

On the first anniversary of her death, loved ones announced the creation of the Na’Jada C. Joyce Memorial Scholarship fund for students of Patrick Henry Community College.

On January 10, 2020, police say Na’Jada was shot and killed by her boyfriend before he killed himself.

Joyce's mother says her greatest passion was helping and mentoring children.

She juggled a full-time job while she was studying early childhood education at PHCC with a goal of one day teaching children with disabilities.

The scholarship, which will assist students enrolled in early childhood education, was started by her godfather, Charles Hairston.

Family members, friends and even her former teacher are leading a helping hand.

A GoFundMe has been created to raise funds.

To learn more about the scholarship click here.

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