Our Story

In June 2009, 35-year-old Damion Gosa, was gunned down in his Phoenix home during a home invasion. Damion’s family set out to steer youth toward a Christ-like life, filled with integrity, love and respect through the Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation (DGMF).

Founded by Cynthia Gosa-Lazaro, mother of Damion Gosa, DGMF strives to empower, encourage, motivate, and inspire youth to rise above their environments and reach their highest potential. Cynthia believes if she can influence the lives of youth, she may have the opportunity to change a generation and prevent premature deaths due to violence.

In loving memory of DAMION GOSA June 1973 – June 2009

Our Leadership

Dr. Paul Heartquist


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Jed Harris


Willie Mae Russell


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Patricia Robertson



Cynthia Lazaro

Executive Director

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Stacy Garner


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Donna Jackson

Director/Social Worker


Demetrius Lee


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Lori Gray


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Shirley Butler

Director/Teen Programs

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Damion Gosa

Damion loved athletic competition and was extremely active in his community. Damion was among some of the exceptional athletic talents that the great state of Arizona has produced. His passion for basketball was showcased through his life. He attended Phoenix Carl Hayden High School, and upon graduation, attended Central Arizona College, and eventually transferred to the University of Texas, El Paso.

The father of three, 2 daughters and 1 son, was murdered during a violent invasion of his home in June of 2009, at the age of 35. His legacy will live on through the collaborative efforts of those whom love him. DGMF was founded in his honor, bringing awareness of violence, peer pressure and crime to youth and the community.