Former Post and Courier reporter Jasiri L. Whipper was remembered with a stone monument and garden display in North Charleston this afternoon in a gathering that drew about 60 people who mourned his loss.
“He really cared a lot for people and he really cared a lot for making things right,” said his father, state Rep. Seth Whipper, during the ceremony.
Whipper, 24, died following an automobile accident on Interstate 95 in Florence County in 2008. The memorial unveiled today is at the Felix Pinckney Community Center, off Montague Avenue in the Liberty Hill section of North Charleston, where Whipper grew up.
Whipper covered North Charleston and Berkeley County community news for the newspaper. He was a 2002 graduate of the Charleston County School of the Arts and held a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta.
The Post and Courier has named its minority scholarship program in his honor.
Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston, said he hoped the recognition for his son will help others achieve. “Hopefully, it will make a difference for somebody in somebody’s life,” he said.