On March 27, 1993, two friends, 9-year-old Jonathan, and 13-year-old Charlie, left home for a bike ride on a beautiful March morning and never returned. Their ride was cut short when a sexual predator murdered them both. For 8 years their case was left unsolved. In 2001, the murderer was finally found through a DNA database. In April 2004, a jury voted unanimously for the death penalty. On September 1, 2004, a California judge sentenced the murderer to death row at San Quentin State Prison. He died on July 3, 2020, of complication due to COVID-19.
We were finally able to put our boys to rest.
The Jonathan Sellers & Charlie Keever Foundation (JSCK) was founded by Dennis Sellers and Milena (Sellers) Phillips in 2005.
Our mission is to promote the safety and well-being of children through education in preventing child abduction and exploitation and provide support for families who've lost a loved one at the hands of another.
Our vision and my greatest desire are to ensure that this tragedy doesn't happen again.
Always Fly Away
A book teaching child safety
Always Fly Away is written in rhyming verse and tells the story from the perspective of a young bird named Stella. She leaves home to meet a friend by the creek, and there she is greeted by a kind-looking cat. The cat seems gentle and asks for Stella’s help, but Stella remembers the advice her mother gives her every time she goes out, "Stella remember, Keep your distance from strangers, stay alert, and when you don't know what to do Away Fly Away." This saves her life when the cat shows his true intentions as he tries to grab her, claws now extended. With this story Milena is able to bring Stella home safely—a wish she has for every child.
Too many children lack the means to best protect themselves on a daily basis—not with tiny hands, but with simple survival techniques like running away from strangers. Our young readers will learn the importance of staying safe and can develop deeper into everyday safety with the accompanying study questions at the end of the book.