Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Hopkins, Duane Sheldon, Jr., 16

(Updated 10 Feb 2009, Map)

Duane Sheldon Hopkins Jr., 16 (9.009).
  • Date: Found 3 Feb 2009, 7:00 am; apparently shot the night before
  • Location: Gaither Street, 2100 block, 20748 (653).
  • Shot. less than a quarter mile from his home
  • Victim's address: 20th Place, 4000 block, 20748 (654).
  • Sources:
  • Obituary: Post, 8 Feb 2009 (Online for 90 days).

    DUANE S. HOPKINS, JR. "D.J." (Age 16) On Monday, February 2, 2009 of Temple Hills, MD. Loving son of Duane and Tracy Hopkins; beloved brother of Toni (Desmond), Tiffany, Morgan, Jennifer and Samantha; devoted grandson of Oakley and Marlene Hopkins. Cherished nephew of Dale, Tammy, Melody, Donna, Daryl, Bobby, Ron and Jeff. Also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at Community of Hope at Iverson Mall, Lower Level, 3701 Branch Ave, Temple Hills, MD. from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Clinton, MD. Arrangements by STRICKLAND FUNERAL SERVICES.

53 comments:

  1. I love and miss him so much.I never knew that life was this crual into now.he never did anything wrong to anybody...we went to middle school together shugart mifddle school and also potomac high

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  2. I Cry Tears Of Joy Knowing My Manz DJ Is In A Better Place . Party Up Dere Son , Cuz I Want Yuh Tuh Be Dere Waiting On Us .

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  3. Duane was a great person and he always was singing and being funny like always, but he will never be forgotten

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  4. Duane will be missed...He was a good guy.never in a bad mood...Seemz like it was yesterday we was at our 8th grade prom at Shugart

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  5. Hi My Name Is Samantha Im Duane Little Sister.
    I Just Wanted To Let Everybody Know We Appreciae Everything.He's In A Better Place.Whoever Did This Will BeFOundAnd WIll Suffer Consequences.

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  6. lexus hunter said...

    "...he never did anything wrong to anybody...."

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Readers should know this 16 y.o. "boy" was apparently facing the following adult criminal charges at the time he was killed:

    Court System: DISTRICT COURT FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY - CRIMINAL SYSTEM
    Case Number: 6E00296050Tracking No:020005685954
    Case Type: CRIMINAL
    Issued Date:06/26/2008

    Disposition:FORWARDED TO CIRCUIT COURT
    Defendant Name: HOPKINS, DUANE SHELDON JR
    Race: BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN
    Sex: MHeight:506Weight:120DOB:05/30/1992
    Address: HOPKINS, DUANE SHELDON JR.
    6311 GATEWAY BLVD
    City: DISTRICT HEIGHTSState:MDZip Code:20747


    Charge No: 001
    Description:ARMED ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.403

    Charge No: 002
    Description:THEFT:LESS $500 VALUE
    Statute: CR.7.104

    Charge No: 003
    Description:ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE
    Statute: CR.3.203

    Charge No: 004
    Description:ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.402

    Charge No: 005
    Description:THEFT: $500 PLUS VALUE
    Statute: CR.7.104

    Charge No: 006
    Description:ARMED ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.403

    Charge No: 007
    Description:ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.402

    Charge No: 008
    Description:ASSAULT-FIRST DEGREE
    Statute: CR.3.202

    Charge No: 009
    Description:ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE
    Statute: CR.3.203

    Charge No: 010
    Description:ARMED ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.403

    Charge No: 011
    Description:ASSAULT-FIRST DEGREE
    Statute: CR.3.202

    Charge No: 012
    Description:ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE
    Statute: CR.3.203

    Charge No: 013
    Description:ROBBERY
    Statute: CR.3.402

    Charge No: 014
    Description:THEFT: $500 PLUS VALUE
    Statute: CR.7.104

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    1. Let it be known that all those charges are from ONE night and he was only facing those charges because of his association with others who were accused of committing those crimes. He didn't have anything to do with the act and his death was probably due to fact that he was coming clean with the facts of what actually happened that night and his disassociation with the group after those events.

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    2. GOD knows your heart and what really happened, that's why he got ya up there right by his side!

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    3. Wow.. I occasional google DJ hoping to read that his killer is caught. I normally don't comment, but this I must speak on it. I was his teacher, two years in a row because he failed my class the previous year. When I first met him he rarely came to class, and when he did he was inebriated. The next year on the first day of school I could see a completely different person shining through. He shared with the class that spending his summer vacation in jail was the best thing that ever happened to him, he was truly repentant.. He was a leader, a bright kid willing to share not only his shortcomings so others didn't make the same mistakes... but even his knowledge as a tutor to other kids struggling in the class. He literally epitomized, if not exceeded, every urban teacher's hope for a wayward student. The DJ I knew was a model student, academically and morally, he stood up for kids he didn't even know if they were being bullied. He never, ever missed class without telling me the day before that he was going to the doctor or had a court appearance. I remember the day he didn't shop up for school and thought it was out of his character, that was the day he died. DJ did something bad, he wasn't perfect, but he changed. The kid that was murdered was not the same person that did those thing, he literally would not hurt a fly.

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  7. I Know I Didn't Talk To You As Much...But I Miss You Already

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  8. Dj u gonna be missed and best believe HillTop and Da Gas Station Crew Rocked For u at da CFE 2-7-09 and We Have plenty more comin soon i kno you uptop partyin wit mone cuz!!

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  9. sooo what his record dosnt matter.mind your fucking buisness.no matter what ima always miss him and love him you got me fucked up puttin his shit out dere and who da fuck is you anyway?????
    exactly u dont knoo him so u dont kno wat kinda person he was.he was always cool as shit smilin laughin makin us laugh makin beats on da back lunchroom table beggin for my fries in lunch...lol....omgg mann dj ima miss yuh son r.i.p

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  10. ii l0ve u wayne wayne in r.i.p. hope t00 see you in the aferlife..........R.I.P.

    LIISA

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  11. HELLO this is ASIA'WEST.

    I JUST WANT TO SAY I LOVE DJ. AND IT HURTS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEND TO HIM. BUT THOUGH HIS FLESH IS GONE DUANE'S BEAUTIFUL SOUL WILL FOREVER LIVE ON. MANN I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH DJ.WATCH OVER ME!!!

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  12. RIP Babe.
    Miss Yu Already.
    Hilltop We Rockin 4 Yu
    && We Aint Gon Stop!

    RIP DJ&MONE.
    LOVE YALL.
    -Ur Funeral Was Tuff..Miss Yu Soo Much.
    www.myspace.com/sexigurlukno

    -Lucy.

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  13. who every put that record shit on there a bitch it shouldn't concern you wat dj did while he was here on earth cuz you not God and you not goin make the last judgement so mind yours bitch && get a life dj son r.i.p && save a spot for me son

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  14. Even if i dont know him its still sad i herd about it and i look it up and i was about 2 cry.thats what we dont need another black teen shot no matter what he did it aint my concern but sumbody could of done sumthin but now he gone god needed another angel.i hope they find who ever did it and put them in jail or sumthin worse but nothin could EVER compare 2 what they did 2 duane R.I.P even if you dont know me i had 2 get that out and im sorry 4 ur bro sam i went 2 skool with her in middle

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  15. Duane was kool can't help but to think about those middle skool days were we played sports together. he never seemed like the one to do anything wrong always kept ppl laughing n never took dat smile off his face. neva thought i would see Duane be the one to leave so early.
    ::R.I.P. DJ::

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  16. you should get the facts right before you start acting like some authority.he is NOT charged as an adult and you don't know all the facts as to his innocence or guilt.do you think someone on trial should be killed? DID YOU DO IT?

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  17. This is to old redneck dumb somab**** my son was not charge with any crime ever in his short life.
    Let's see your record.. When you feel like a man, lets step in the yard and talk about it, I'm sure I can help you with your problem

    Love Daddy

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  18. to the person with all the info on his record can you give some info about how he was charged? they wouldn't let his mother know where he was being held he weighed 120 a big detective slung him around the room and put his thumb on his throat until he admitted something. like you said "boy" but he was A "BLACK" boy.don't get it twisted.

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  19. WHAT WAS THE POINT PUTTING THAT RECORD UP THERE U DONT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO JUDGE SOMEBODY ELSES LIFE....AND TO DJ I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH I START CRYING EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT YOUR SMILE AND HOW YOU ALWAYS MADE ME LAUGH BUT I KNOW SOMEDAY ILL GET TO SEE YOU AGAIN UNTIL THEN SAVE ME A SPOT IN HEAVEN

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  20. r.i.p dj dis domo man i miss you allready just yesterday we was skippin class at shugart r.i.p bruah

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  21. And if i died of AIDS would u post all my sexual partners up here??... How disrespectful of u!!! RIP D.J.

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  22. As if to be dabbing the light of a cigarette into the ground,
    Someone stole the life of 16year old DJ... so much character and being forever sound
    As if his smile didnt mean the world to the world...
    Or a special girl...

    Or some incredible sisters
    And to his mother and Mister,
    Hopkins Sr... his ONLY SON...
    YES ONE!!!!...Talent never showcased, a song never sang... a heartbeat permanently done...

    So he did this AND SO WHAT IF HE DID THAT...
    So you pull a trigger??? In the words of Jay Z in Song Cry "You dont get a n***a back like dat"...

    Like it was as simple as swallowing water,
    Where is the justice for DJ... Where is the Law & Order??

    And people dont want to speak up
    Go hard in the streets but when it comes to givin families peace, you weak up!!

    So pointless, so senseless, so dumb
    To take a life with no conscious... how can our young society be so numb!!??

    To break it down to tha killer(s)...you may feel you got rid of your biggest enemy
    BUT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ANOTHER AND ANOTHER... Count me down as one cuz you aint no friend to me.

    May God keep DJ and love and support and comfort reign on the friends and family in this time...

    Rip DJ... Love you so much...Gone but never Forgotten

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  23. i did not know much about him but he did always say hi and stay smiling never harming anyone in shugart or POtomac when i used to attend there he would say hi when me being the outcast of the school being the only hispanic girl..... he talked to me when others would not......its very sad to hear that someone who stayed happy all the time and joyful would have their life taken away.... Rest In Peace Because everyone of us knows that he is in a Much better place then this cruel earth

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  24. Please be advised that an ignorant individual has visited this site and has posted false information regarding charges against the victim, and shall & will be charged for slander amongst the deceased.

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  25. Man Life Gettin Crazy Everyday
    man R.i.P DJ MAN I REMEBER WE WAS IN OUR FOOD NUTRITIONS CLASS U USE TO STAY WRITIN HILLTOP ON THE
    BOARD AND HAD ME AND EVRYBODY ELSE LAUGHING EVERY CLASS
    AND EVERY D LUNCH U BE AT THE BACK TABLE BEATIN ON THE TABLE WE USE TO CRAANK BACK THERE AND U AND UR BOYS USE TO BE SINGING!!
    THIS LATESE FROM CAP HEIGHTS!!



    MAN U WILL BE MISS MY MANZ LOVE U!!

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  26. This Shanicqua

    Dj I Jus Wanna Let You Kno I Miss You SO
    Much I Cant Believe That You Are GONE

    Man I wanna Cry My Heart Out
    Wish I can Bring YOu Back
    My Man Ilyy !

    Ima TRy To Be Strong But Its Soo Hard
    Man I Dont NEVER Wanna Say Goodbye
    I Cant Accept The Fact Your Gone
    Forever B,, that shit AInt Right

    Mann .. They shud Of Called the Fuckin
    Police Man No Matter How Often They
    Hear Gunshots..If Her Old asss Wudda Called
    911 Duane Babe You Wudda Been Here !

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  27. MAN DJ. I SWEAR I MISS YU LIK CRAZY!!!

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  28. man duane only god knows how much i miss you.you was my best friend.you always did shit for me and i did da same for you.you always kept a smile on my face.you just da kind a person that everybody use to love and will always love.man ppl be doin some bamma ass shit. and who eva did dat to you will get dealt wit.bee-lee-dat.i love you soooooo much...i remember da shugart days you know we use to lunch out do anything and everything...we used to have soooo much fun...please dont forget about me and save me a place next to you in heaven...

    love you baby boy....always

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  29. britney


    love you duane always and foreva baby boy....

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  30. britney
    man duane only god knows how much i miss you.you was my best friend.you always did shit for me and i did da same for you.you always kept a smile on my face.you just da kind a person that everybody use to love and will always love.man ppl be doin some bamma ass shit. and who eva did dat to you will get dealt wit.bee-lee-dat.i love you soooooo much...i remember da shugart days you know we use to lunch out do anything and everything...we used to have soooo much fun...please dont forget about me and save me a place next to you in heaven...

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  31. Anyone kno where he is buried? So i can pay my respects... thanks would be greatly appreciated!!

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  32. ...would like to visit there on his birthday May 30th...

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  33. Hi Im Duane little sister and i want to just say that I think it was very disrespectful and rude to put the charges my brother faced recently before his death. I would like everyone to know that for one he didnt run into numerous brushes with the law. It was only once and if you dont know the story you should not comment on anything or say anything about the situation. My brother was a very good person anyone who knew him would agree with that.He was very smart. My brother also was the only person I knew who had a smile that bright. And for whoever to come on here and write that was down right wrong and it was pathetic. All I have to say is if your going to do a story do the story right or dont do it at all because your not going to bad mouth my brother or say things about him that are wrong.
    If you have anything to say or something you want to find out you can email me at smnth_hopkins@yahoo.com other wise keep your mouth shut.

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  34. Whoever u are
    Whoever u may be
    I would appreciate if u would
    get some business of ur own
    because u had no right to but
    DJ business out there like that
    which is completely wrong!!!

    Dj i love and miss u so much
    i still have dreams of you til this
    day i think ur trying to tell me
    something i have no clue of wat it is
    But one day God will make it clear to me

    I dont understand why someone
    would do something so cruel to u
    nd hopefully we find out who it is
    Whoever u are can u just tell me why
    why would u do that to dj
    he never did anything wrong to anybody
    DJ was the best person u could ever meet

    I LOVE and MISS u BESTFRIEND

    R.I.P. Duane Sheldon Hopkins Jr.
    Love NAE

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  35. Hello everybody, this is Duane Sheldon Hopkins Sr.
    just want to say thanks for your comments, every time I read these letters I cry alittle bit, because I miss him so much, but it gets a little easier each day. I can't have him back, so I'm learning to live without Duane Jr. Wish we all can get together and barbeque and laugh alittle bit

    Much Love to all!

    Duane Sheldon Hopkins Sr.

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  36. Sad story can't imagine how yall deal with your loss..You guys are a strong family no matter what even says you guys knew you son the best

    My heart goes out too your family

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  37. REST IN PEACE DJ mANEE I SWEA TA GOD I BUSS A NIGGA IN DA HEAD IF I FIND OUT WHO DID IT STR8 LIKE DAT

    WE ROCKIn 4 DJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. I'm sorry for your loss. I did not know Duane, but this truely touched my heart. I hate knowing another young life has been taken. This shit IS crazy, but no matter what you HAVE to stay strong, becaue eventhough he's gone, believe he IS here. He's here in spirit, and he's with God watching over all.

    I'm an 18 yr old. i was on someones profile an a website (which wii not be named) and Icame across somemthing about him, so i decided to google the inncodent. While I was reading everything, my heart absolutely BROKE. And I even started crying. I can't stand knowing this has happened.

    They could have called the poilce as soon as the heard the shots.... but God has a plan for everybody, and this was apart of it. No one truley know what he was going through or what he was feeling. God only takes a life once they have suffered long enough, and can;t bare it anymore.

    So don't greive, but instead, be happy. Not that this even happened, but that now he can finally be free fron this hateful earth and all his pain and suffering he endured while he was here.

    REST IN PARADISE SWEETHEART, AND KNOW YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU BUT WILL NEVER, EVER, FORGET YOU!

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  39. I Miss You DJ. Knowing That No Matter How Hard And Much We Cry Down Here, Cant Bring You Bakk Hurts. But Just Know That We Will Always Miss & Love You.!

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  40. MAN DJ I MISS U SO MUCH SON SWEAR I DO MAN PLEASE LOOK OVA ME GUIDE ME THE RITE WAY FAM I REMEMBER WHEN WE USE TO GO TO THE REC IN CHILL MAN IMMA ALWAYS REMEMBER THOSE DAYS KILL IAM RIP DJ GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!!! 5-30-1992 TO 2-2-09

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  41. R.i.p DJ. STOP THE VIOLENCE

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  42. Its Almost 1 Year I Miss You!

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  43. YEAA DJ DIS YA GURL BLAZE I JUS WNTD TO STOP BYE TOO SAY WHERE EVA YU ARE I KNO YU IN BETTA PLACE AN ALSO TO TELL YU I MISS YU AN REALLY DEEPLY LOVED YU SOO MUCH BUT NEVA CULD TELL YU.... AN FROM THIS I HAVE LEARNED NEVA HOLD BAK WATCHU FEEL FOR A CERTAIN PERSON AN IM SORRY DUANE SHELDON HOPKINS JR MY FIRST AN LAST LOVE!!!

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  44. iLove You Dj.

    -Kellz. :)

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  45. RIP DJ..U will be missed and Remembered--And for the lame who put all of his "so-called" charges up there...U should be a shamed of yourself...A family lost their son,brother, grandson, cousin etc....A society lost a young man who could have been the next president or whatever he wanted to be..but yet u whom had nothing to do with their lives...nothing important going on in their lives point out the negative...May God have mercy on ur soul...cause no one else will

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  46. GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW I FEEL, AND HOW MUCH I REALLY LOVED YOU. YU WILL FOREVA HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART.. AND IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME WHY SOMEONE HAD TOO TAKE UR LIFE.. HATIN ASS NIGGAS, CANT LIVE WIFF EM CANT LIVE WIFF OUT EM. MY BESTFRIEND.. I LOVE YOU DEARLY.. PROMISE ME THAT YU WILL ALWAYS WATCH OVER ME, AND MAKE SURE IM GOOD.. AND IF IM NOT JUST MAKE SURE WHEN IT ALL COMES TO AN END ILL BE BY UR SIDE AGAIN//.. I REMEMBER SO MANY LAUGHS, TEARS AND ATTITUDES... WHEN I WAS DOWN YU MADE IT ALL BETTER IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES.. YOUR BESTFRIEND LOVES YOU BOY. AND I ALWAYS WILL. I GOTCHU TATTED TOO..I JUST WANNA CRY EVERYDAY I WAKE UP AND THINK OF YOU..BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER UR IN A WAY BETTER PLACE. BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN YU DIDNT DESERVE UR LIFE.. I LOVE YOU DUANE.. REST IN PEACE BABYBOY..

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  47. hi i didnt really know dj like that but im sorry to hear about what happened. it brought tears to mii heart knowing that one of my class mates was gone. no worries for me though hes in a better place but he was a giid guy to my understanding and i was just glad to hhave somone as special as him in my class. luv u dj.... ur former classmate

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  48. I stumbled upon this post as his age struck me. I love how the people on here are coming at the guy who put his record out here. Of course it matters what he did as his lifestyle probably led to his death.

    We in the Black community makes too many excuses for bad behavior and then want to act like the victims of this craziness are angels. It's not about judging anyone but as a community demanding certain levels of behavior and decorum.

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