|HE LIVES ON IN ALL OF US
Anyone who had the opportunity to meet Brian would probably mention his smile. He had a way of lighting up the room and his laughter was contagious. Brian was so compassionate. There wasn't a person he didn't try to help in whatever way he could. He taught us how to look at the beauty inside of people and to be more understanding. As I look back on the many memories we shared one thing always stood out to me about him. He was the most forgiving person I have ever met. People talk about forgiveness, but no one showed me the true meaning like he did. He experienced the most pain and showed the most love. Brian was murdered on February 22, 2005. The day before his 23rd birthday. The case is still unsolved and the pain is still so very real that someone ended our loved ones life in a brutal act of violence. Someone took away a best friend, a father, a brother, a son, a comedian, a rapper, a basketball fanatic, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with. Someone took him away and left him in an alley to die alone.
He leaves a legacy in the form of a little boy, his son Dante, who was Brian's pride and joy. If Dante can be assured of one thing it was his dad's unwaivering love and his excitement about becoming a father. Although he was taken away before he had the chance to show his son all that he wanted to, Dante will know each day that he is loved by his mom AND dad.
To feel weak yet stay strong
To know hatred yet still love
To experience fear yet remain brave
This was Brian Rashad Jones
Beloved Son, Brother, Father, Friend
NON VIOLENCE OR NON EXISTENCE
The aftermath of non violence is the creation of a beloved community
The aftermath of non violence is redemption
The aftermath of non violence is reconciliation
The aftermath of violence is emptiness and bitterness
-Martin Luther King Jr.
April 7, 1957
***AN EYE FOR AN EYE LEAVES EVERYONE BLIND***