Scholarships honor Levin

NEW YORK — Time Warner Inc. announced Tuesday that chairman-CEO Gerald M. Levin’s son Jonathan, who was murdered May 30, will be memorialized with a scholarship fund, a media academy and a rehabilitated athletic field at the high school where he taught.

The Levin family has helped set up a fund at William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx; the fund will be administered by a committee chaired by the school’s assistant principal and will be composed of members of Levin’s family and of the Taft staff and faculty.

It will be used to create a media academy to give students hands-on experience in the information and entertainment industries, fulfilling a dream of Jonathan M. Levin’s, the company said.

A scholarship will also be awarded in his memory to a Taft graduate who is pursuing a teaching career. Finally, the school’s dilapidated athletic field will be upgraded and renamed in his honor.

Levin, 31, was bound with duct tape, stabbed and shot in the head at his Upper West Side Manhattan apartment after agreeing to meet with a former student who telephoned him.

Police have arrested two men, Corey Arthur and Montoun Hart, in connection with the crime. The suspects allegedly tortured Levin to obtain the code to his ATM card, which they used to withdraw $800 from his bank account.

The murder of Levin has touched many Gotham residents in addition to his family, friends and former students. Strangers have left flowers outside the door of Levin’s Columbus Avenue apartment mourning the loss of a man from a privileged background who chose to teach at a tough Bronx high school.

A statement issued by Time Warner corporate communications Tuesday said, “The family of Jonathan Levin today expressed deep appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy, prayers and condolences. They have been moved and comforted by the sheer scope and emotion of the public reaction to Jonathan’s death.”

Contributions to the Jonathan Levin Memorial Fund should be sent to Taft High School, 240 East 172nd Street, Bronx, New York 10457, Attn: Ms. Scharna Schwartz, assistant principal.

Checks should be made out to William Howard Taft High School.

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