Rayshard Brooks was a father of 3 little girls and a teenaged stepson. He was a devoted father, and a soft-spoken member of the community. At the time of his death, his daughters were 1, 2, and 8 years old.
He is remembered as a smiling, and oft-dancing friend and colleague. One former employer, a construction company in Ohio, paid tribute to their former employee, saying he was the first one at work in the morning (with a smile) and the last one to leave - and he biked to work every day. In one instance, a coworker's car broke down, and Rayshard got off his bike and walked with the coworker for two hours.
1987 - 2020
Rayshard was killed by police in June 2020.
His funeral was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which also held John Lewis's funeral a month later.
"Not only was he a girl dad, he was a loving husband, caring brother and most importantly, to me, an uncle I could depend on. Rayshard Brooks was silly, had the brightest smile and the biggest heart, and loved to dance since we were kids..”
- Chassidy Evans, Rayshard's niece
Source: Wikimedia // New York Times // blackpast