Daniel Covington's friends have not left his mother, Donna Covington, since he was shot and killed in Louisville on Sept. 16.
And they have established a golf scramble to help fund a Daniel T. Covington Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Louisville, where Covington was an alumnus and football player.
"The family wondered how we can help someone with potential like Daniel who could not afford an education," Donna Covington said. They decided a scholarship would be the answer.
"One of Daniel's friends, young people who don't have a lot of money, said, 'Let's get together, mourn the loss and turn that mourning into something positive,'" she said. "They wanted to take something that was so evil and turn it into something good. Otherwise we would get stuck in a black hole."
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Donna Covington was admittedly a bit sketchy on the details of the golf scramble because the friends are in charge and handling everything.
"The kids won't leave my house," she said. "They stay here every night. They won't leave me alone. That's the kind of friends Daniel had."
Patrick Workman, one of those friends, said the scramble will include teams of four with each golfer paying $50 to play. There will be food and prizes.
Those who don't want to golf can play in a cornhole tournament for $25, Workman said, with proceeds going to the scholarship.
Although the scramble, the support of friends and the transforming of something bad into something good have all helped ease a mother's grief, those things have not answered Donna Covington's questions or dampened her desire to learn the details of what happened to her son that evening.
She has hired former Lt. Gov. Steve Pence as her attorney to help answer those questions.
"The number one thing people have to remember is that Daniel Covington is the victim of a shooting in a fist fight," Pence said. "We don't want to rush to interfere with the investigation, but we don't want to rush to judgment, either."
Louisville Metro Police have said Daniel Covington, 23, and Isaiah Howes, 25, a former Louisville baseball player, had exchanged words at a bar earlier in the evening. Later, Daniel Covington confronted Howes and his half-brother Joseph Vessels, 32, at a stoplight and began hitting them. Police said the driver, Howes, pulled out a gun and shot Covington in the arm and torso.
Just hours after Daniel Covington died, police called the incident self-defense under Kentucky's Castle Law, which allows us to protect ourselves in our homes and cars.
But Pence, who was Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's attorney during the Karen Sypher trial, said all the facts are not in yet, and that "there are many hurdles that have to be overcome to invoke self-defense."
His investigator has found several people who are relevant to the case and has turned over those names to police, Pence said.
"It may take a little more time, but definitely what we want is a thorough investigation," he said.
Once the investigation is complete, everything will be turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney's office, which will decide if charges will be filed.
Meanwhile, a grieving mother is left with questions.
Donna Covington said her son had been planning to speak with an agent and start training in January for another try at the NFL.
"It is a tragic thing that you can use that kind of force on someone who is not armed and the law lets you say it is self-defense," she said.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship, send checks to the Daniel T. Covington Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Louisville, 2323 South Brook Street, Louisville, Ky. 40208.