Family, friends honor Matthew Rairdon with 5K

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday, Matthew Rairdon would have been 23 years-old.

The Westbrook man's life was cut short in December, when his former boyfriend shot and killed him before taking his own life. Since the tragedy, the community has rallied around the Rairdon family, selling t-shirts that say "Westbrook Strong" to show their support. Proceeds from shirt sales benefit a scholarship fund for students who want to study nursing at St. Joseph's College, like Matt did. Sunday, family and friends are holding a 5K race in Rairdon's honor. They need to raise about seven thousand dollars to have enough money to create an endowment at Saint Joe's in Matt's name.

"For us, there's no shelf life to the scholarship, it can go on and on," Laurie Rairdon said. "And as a parent, you want your child's memory to live forever. You don't want them to be forgotten."

You can learn more about the race and the Matthew Rairdon Scholarship Fund at You can still register for the race at Mr. Bagel in Westbrook on Saturday July 19th from 3 pm-6 pm and on Sunday from 7:30 am-8:30 am at Rivebank Park in Westbrook. The race begins at 9:30 at Riverbank Park.


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