Terrence Paul McCrary, Jr. Memorial
Terrence Paul McCrary, Jr., 22, was attending a birthday party at an Oakland, California art gallery/community center when gunfire erupted and Terrence and other young partygoers were caught in the middle of crossfire between two unknown men. Terrence and another young spirit, died at the scene during the early hours of Sunday morning, August 14. Terrence was a talented, budding artist in Berkeley, blessed with the gift of a warm spirit that resulted in him having a wealth of friends.
You may have known Terrence as "Lil' T," "T-Mack," or "Sweet T" -- but whatever the name, you knew his laugh, his warmth, his genuine interest in you, his cool and easy vibe, and how much he loved his family, his friends, all kinds of art, skateboarding, and of course, peace.
By donating now you will support Terrence's memorial services -- something his family could never have foreseen planning.
Thank you, and please, please spread your version of peace...Lil' T would want that for all of us.
The McCrary family (Terrence, Sr., Florence and Erika) sends their heartfelt and sincere appreciation for your warm remembrances, and incredible generosity during this tragic and painful time. The family is using the GoFundMe donations for Terrence Jr.’s funeral services and burial. Tonight marks the formal closure of this GoFundMe campaign.
Thank you again, and the McCrary family will keep you in their prayers, and leave you with words penned by Terrence Jr., -- and lastly -- peace, please.
“Time waits for no man, so time wasted is time lost. If opportunities come your way, take them and don’t look back…So, I urge everyone to spend time with your loved ones ‘cause just like that they can be gone -- leaving so much unsaid and unlearned.”
-- Terrence Paul McCrary, Jr. (June 2015)
As you might imagine, this is something for which no parent is in any way ever remotely prepared. The emotional impact is beyond staggering, and the economic effects of putting a loved one to rest are substantial.
The generous response to this GoFundMe posting has been both deeply appreciated and beyond heartwarming.
Please know that the art continues with another loving mural -- this one featuring Terrence with his signature Charlie Brown hat. This Berkeleyside News link provides additional insights into Lil' T's spirit:
(By the way, "Lil' BadBadBad" stands for, "Being Absolutely Different.")
Many thanks to each of you -- you've continued to make a difference.
Kelli P. Wilder, on behalf of the McCrary Family (Terrence, Sr., Florence and Erika)
Your grace is humbling. Thank you for sending your prayers and sharing your loving "T-isms" with Terrence's family and friends.
Sending additional and deep thanks to the artists who created the amazing mural to honor Terrence Jr.’s spirit.
Kelli P. Wilder, on behalf of the McCrary Family