Stevie returned to her hometown of New York City from a cross-country trip on April 28, 2012. Her last communication was with her mom on the evening of April 27th in which she shared plans to meet up with an ex-boyfriend at his Queens, NY address. Surveillance footage shows her last location as exiting the New York City Port Authority bus terminal.
Since that day, our lights went out, and our air supply was taken away--life went dark. Every day, for nine long years of not knowing what happened to our Stevie, our family suffered and frantically searched. Now, it is with deep sorrow that we announce our greatest fear has been confirmed. Through the recent discovery of our beloved Stevie's remains , we now know that her precious life was taken in April of 2012, at the location we suspected she visited last.
There are few people in life whose souls are so bright that when they pass their brightness not only lingers but grows stronger. That is our Stevie. Every person she touched felt so deeply loved and understood by her. She had the biggest smile complete with dimples, the brightest eyes, and was so uniquely herself that her personality was magnetic.
Stevie lived a life engulfed in music. In those moments, when she connected to something she loved like dancing, art, fashion, cinema, literature, you saw the purest version of Stevie. Stevie was a passionate soul who loved to laugh and bring joy. She lived her life to the fullest always.
Driven to excel since before she could talk, she was a sponge for knowledge and had a deep drive to understand all she encountered in her brief life. She met challenges and adversities head on and persevered. That tenacity took her far academically and led to her acceptance and attendance in several gifted programs from preschool through high school. She graduated from Bronx High School of Science as a National Achievement Scholar and a recipient of several awards and scholarships for her academic excellence. Her talents eventually took her to Hunter College of NYC to study Architectural Design on a full scholarship.
Stevie Danielle Leatha Bates was a vibrant and breathtakingly beautiful individual with a free spirited, cherished soul. She was a dedicated friend who could ease your fears and worries in an instant with her jokes and wit. She had such a gift in that she cared for everyone she met, in exactly the way that they needed. She saw the best in everyone.
In April 2012, Stevie was taken from this physical world. There are no words to describe the void that her absence has opened in our hearts. This tragedy has left her family in pieces. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being in Stevie’s presence, you’d know how truly remarkable she was and can begin to understand what we are feeling as we navigate this world without her. Stevie is survived by her mother, Vivian, father Steven, stepfather Darryl, her sisters Synphany and Sherina, her brothers Darnell and Darryl Jr, her nieces Shali and Desi, her nephews Ali, Desmond and Enzo, as well as many aunts and uncles, cousins, and other loving family and friends.
While the family begins to deal with the next chapter of this nightmare, they deeply appreciate the overwhelming support that has helped carry them to this point. Thank you for holding Stevie, her family, and her friends in your thoughts and for any contributions to this fund. Stevie’s memory will live in our hearts and minds forever ❤
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