Family of baseball star gunned down while buying cell phone develops S-A-F-E Program

- The family of 21-year-old Zachary Finch, a popular college baseball player who was gunned down by a group of teens while attempting to buy a cell phone in west Charlotte, has developed a not-for-profit program aimed at helping others avoid a tragedy such as theirs. 

"Last summer my 21-year-old son Zachary was tragically murdered when he met someone online to buy a cell phone. It was Father's Day, in the middle of the afternoon, yet he was shot and killed," Tara Finch wrote on NextDoor. 

Finch was killed on June 18, 2017 while trying to buy a phone he found on sale through an app. He was gunned down outside an apartment complex in broad daylight on Farmer Street in west Charlotte.

Finch's brother said Zachary was trying to buy a phone off the app "LetGo" when he was robbed and shot. Zachary Finch was a student-athlete at the University of the Cumberlands and a member of the baseball team.

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"In keeping his legacy alive and helping others to avoid such tragedy we have developed a not-for-profit program to be presented in schools and communities to help keep people safe. Please help us spread the word by going to and join us by taking the pledge. It's free and will only take a few minutes," Tara Finch wrote. 

The new program, called S-A-F-E (Smartly arranged friendly exchanges), is a nationwide program developed to educate the public on how to safely complete online/internet sales and purchases in person. 

S-A-F-E's Mission: 

Advancements in technology have resulted in multiple apps that make meeting up to buy and sell goods cost effective and convenient. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in an increase in dishonest people seeking to take advantage of legitimate participants. Many of these encounters have led to robberies and senseless loss of life. Our mission is to help ensure all persons involved in these transactions, do so safely.

For more information on S-A-F-E, please click here. 

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