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Angelica Ratliff, Xzavion's cousin, said Xzavion was an outgoing, magnetic people-person who was also a talented writer.
Xzavion was ahead of his time, Ratliff said, and even though he was 18, he acted much older. He liked to write poems and rap, and he addressed issues of the world in his pieces...
Lori Tallent, DeSean's mother, said her son wasn't perfect by any means— "Trust me, I know"—but "he was a lot more caring and open-hearted than a lot of people know."
DeSean was one who always made sure those he loved were taken care of, whether it be his two younger sisters whom he often teased, his four children or his grandmother...
Essence Riley, one of Elza’s three maternal sisters, said Elza was outspoken, courageous, brave and that he stood up for what he believed in.
He had two daughters he loved dearly, and his mother said he urged his girls to choose paths far from his, encouraging them to listen to those who were trying to influence them in a positive manner...
When Ryan Johnson's young niece lost her father, he stepped up to take her to a father-daughter dance, his mother, Dawn Johnson said. And when she ran a fever the night of the dance, he waited until she was feeling better to take her on a dinner and bowling date.
That's just the kind of person Ryan was, Johnson said: He cared...
Tammy Bruner, Michael Boles' mother, described her son as a loving man who enjoyed his family and friends.
He was no doubt a mama's boy, and he would call Bruner every day, saying "'Mama, how you doing?'" Bruner remembered, adding that no matter how big Michael would get, he'd give her a kiss...
Carol Berry, Anthony's mother, said Anthony grew up in midtown Tulsa and was known for his wide smile and long, wild hair.
He worked as a server at a couple of area restaurants, and Berry said people he waited on came to his funeral because they enjoyed his service so much...
Mohamad's wife, Nesreen, described the father of her child as a hard worker who championed harmony and often worked to fix others’ problems.
If there were people fighting, be it friends, a couple or strangers, Mohamad was there trying to reconcile the relationship, she said...
Danny Myers, one of Mary's three adult children, said his family was poor growing up and his mother often found herself in abusive relationships, but she never neglected her children.
"She would always do what she could for us," Myers said. "She was doing her damnedest to make sure we were taken care of...
Jessica Barnes described her eldest son as a young man with a huge heart and gift of laughter.
Christian turned 21 about a month before he was killed, and though he battled troubles and mental issues, Barnes said he always encouraged his younger brother and two sisters to stay in school and on the right path...
Lashay Evans, T'Challa's girlfriend, described the father of her children as a God-fearing, well-educated man who put his family first.
"He was an awesome father," she said. "He loved life. All he wanted to do was be the best man he could be for his kids and his family...
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