Hi. My name is Mia Powell, and Eric (YaDaddy) Jenkins is- was- my best friend and my roommate.
Eric, tragically, devastatingly, unexpectedly passed away on May 16, 2019, after a terrible accident at the Eno River in Durham. He fought hard and he fought bravely, and the team at Duke Hospitals did all that they could, but my Eric didn't make it. We are all shocked. I am struggling to really believe it because if you knew Eric, you knew how invincible he was.
We have known each other since freshman year, and he is My Person - we are practically inseparable. Eric and I had been living together for almost a year now. He has made this apartment a home. He has made me brighter, has completed me. Our ability to be unapologetically ourselves in this home, to dance and sing and decorate and make a family out of our friends has been one of the highlights of our beautiful Friendship.
However, sometimes we struggled financially. We were in one of those periods when he passed away. As of right now, I cannot get out of our joint lease with our apartment complex. We owe rent and internet bills from both April and May, and if I cannot find somewhere to stay, I will be stuck to pay June and July as well. We currently owe over $2,500 to our apartment complex, and I face eviction within the next week or two if it is not paid. Beyond this, the next two months of rent will be around the same amount.
This is where I ask for help. While this is something I was/am, in a way, ashamed to do, many friends and loved ones have offered financial support, and I so deeply appreciate it. Eric's family has also granted me permission and encouraged me to accept the help offered. Grieving is difficult and scary enough to deal with on its own, but to have these financial concerns, fears and monsters looming over me are making it that much harder. Please, if you cannot financially support, I ask that you share this with anyone you know who loved Eric and who can possibly help. I really, really appreciate everyone's support, prayers, love, and generosity.
I am asking you to donate to help me:
-Pay our past due bill
-Have rent secured for the next two months, in case I cannot get out of this lease
-Have funds to find a new apartment (application fee, security deposit, first month's rent)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
RIP KEJ (8/3/98-5/16/19). I love you.