Family of boy killed in Minnesota rockslide breaks ground on memorial school in Guinea


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The family of a boy killed in a 2013 rockslide in St. Paul is starting a school in the Republic of Guinea to keep his name alive.

Family members broke ground last week on the Mohamed Fofana Memorial School.

Ten-year-old Mohamed was among nearly 50 fourth-graders on a field trip at Lilydale Regional Park in May 2013 when a cliff collapsed. Mohamed and another boy, 9-year-old Haysem Sani, were killed.

Mohamed's father, Lancine Fofana, is from Guinea.

His mother, Madosu Fofana, said that on a family trip in 2009, Mohamed was struck by the poverty he saw in Guinea and said he wanted to help.

Lancine Fofana says the school will have about 350 students.

The family has started an online campaign to raise money for the school.

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