Madison Brooks Foundation launched to honor LSU student

BATON ROUGE, La. — The family of Madison Brooks has launched a foundation in the former LSU student’s honor.

Brooks, 19, died after being hit by a vehicle on Burbank Drive on January 15. Brooks was taken to the hospital where she was placed on a ventilator. Her family made the difficult decision to pull her off life support and donated her organs.

“In her last act of kindness, Madi donated her heart and kidneys to save the lives of others,” a message on the Madison Brooks Foundation says of the teen. “Her heart was pure, her laugh infectious and her life was one that will forever shine in the stars above.”

Madison Brooks (Photo provided by family)

The goal of the Madison Brooks Foundation, according to the foundation’s website, is to provide financial help to those in need, to advocate for the safety of young adults and to spread awareness for the gift of organ donation.

Funeral arrangements for Brooks is set for February 3 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington. Her family is asking that in lieu of gifts and flowers, that people donate to the foundation.

The Madison Brooks foundation has also launched a social media initiative — #MadiMadeMeSmile.

“Share the hashtag and your location on a day where you are reminded of Madi’s love,” the foundation said. “Pay it forward by performing a random act of kindness where you also leave or distribute one of Madi’s cards so that we light up the world with her spirit and smile.”

Death investigation

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says four individuals have been charged in connection with the death of the LSU sophomore.

Kaivon Washington, 18, was charged with third-degree rape. Casen Carver, 18, and Everett Lee, 27, have been booked and charged with principle to third degree rape.

Deputies also say a 17-year-old was also booked into juvenile detention. He was also charged with third degree rape.

Deputies say that Brooks was seen at Reggie’s bar in Tigerland hours before she was killed. She eventually left in a vehicle with the suspects, who investigators say raped her before dropping her off in a neighborhood.

According to the arrest warrant, Brooks had THC in her system at the time of her death, and her blood alcohol concentration wasv.319, which is considered alcohol poisoning.

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