STAMFORD - The family of an adopted Stamford High School student who accidentally shot himself spoke exclusively to News 12 on Friday.

Marcus Dixon, 17, fatally shot himself last year. The McInerneys have since started a foundation to help mentor youth and are hosting a 5K run/walk this weekend to help raise money for the Stamford Public Education Foundation.

Dixon played football at the school and then went on to study at the West Point Military Academy.

The 5K is set for Saturday at Cove Island Park in Stamford.