photo of Amber Stanley, provided by Flowers High School
SPRINGDALE, Md, (WUSA) -- It's been nearly a month since a 17-year-old Flowers High School student was gunned down in her own bedroom.
There has been no arrests in Amber Stanley's murder that took place in her Upper Marlboro home. Today her father, Anthony Stanley, hosted an event to help empower young women and bring more awareness to teen violence.
He told 9 News nothing can bring his daughter back but what keeps him going is helping the community to curb teen violence.
Stanley held a self defense class and is raising money to help other teens. Martial arts instructors taught self defense techniques to Amber's classmates at the school Amber would've graduated from.
"It's hard not to have her here, but we have to carry on without her and for her," said Paula Mateus, student.
Amber Stanley was an honor roll student at Flowers High School. She modeled and dreamed of attending Harvard to become a doctor.
"I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Amber as much as I wish I did. I heard she was a wonderful girl so I felt the need to support her on behalf of Flowers High School," said Norae Woodard, student.
"There's so much violence. We want to eliminate that in the community," Stanley.
Just this week in another tragic case, a Central High School 11th grader, Markel Ross, was gunned down while walking to school in Capital Heights.
Police say the two shootings are not related but in both cases there is no suspect or motive. Police have been talking to people in their respective communities and posting flyers.
"It really needs to stop in this community," Stanley.
Amber's father hopes to raise enough money to put a memorial bench at his daughter's grave site. He also wants to create a scholarship at Flower's High School and perhaps hold more self defense courses at different high schools.