Tyquarn is my older cousin, he was only 34 years old. Sadly, he is not the first cousin I have lost to gun violence. To see how this type of trauma and brutality continues to affect my family, Tyquarn's family and Black families across this country ... is suffocating. This was pure murder and was uncalled for. This system that is focused on the erasure of black beings needs to be confronted head on.
This fund is to commemorate the memory of Tyquarn Malik Graves and to support his family however they need be in these times. The NYPD publicly claimed that his death was not a part of the recent protests regarding the Black Lives Matter movement (ex. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery etc...). However, that reality is incorrect & misinformed. Because Tyquarn is now another black body that they have taken from us, it is a part of this movement. Like he is my cousin, he was yours. Many of our "cousins" are out there facing these horrors everyday. I ask that you send your most thoughtful prayers and love over my family and Tyquarn's close friends. Only some can truly stomach the lengths in which they are grieving at the moment. I encourage you to understand and respect my family's privacy and further support by sharing and/or making any donations that you are able to.
Motique Graves, Tyquarn's sister, is head beneficiary for this campaign. Her and her family have sole access to all funds donated to this GoFundMe.
He is gone but cannot be forgotten.
In Power You Rest ... #TYQUARNGRAVES
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