Sending King Home

On November 10th, 2017 our beloved King spent the night at a family members home in Upland, California with his two brothers and older sister. King was restless during the night and asked for water, one last bathroom break, and a nightlight due to his fear of the dark. Grandma obliged and put King to sleep with his siblings. The following morning all of the children, but King, rose at approximately 9:00 AM. They assumed King was exhausted from staying up later than the rest of the kids, so it was okay for him to sleep in. About 40 minutes later, Grandma went to check on him and unfortunately found King unresponsive and immediately called 911. Officers arrived at approximately 9:46 AM, administered CPR, but were unable to resuscitate him. Paramedics attempted CPR all the way to the hospital, but tragically were unable to save him.

Currently the cause of young King’s death remains unknown. Please pray and support the family in anyway possible. In addition to dozens of friends and family members, King leaves behind his heartbroken mother Anita, father Kenneth, and his four siblings: Darian 8, Serenity 5, Courage 2, and 10 month old baby Wisdom - as King would say. King was only four years old.

Right now, our family is immersed in our grief, but we are also facing an overwhelming list of financial and practical matters, all related to King’s untimely death. This GoFundMe page is organized by Anita and Kenneth’s younger brother Oliver. Its sole purpose is to alleviate the following costs:

--Cooked meals delivered to the family home so Anita, Kenneth and King’s four siblings can rest, mourn and begin to heal without having to worry about shopping and cooking

--Financial support for time off of work

--Funeral & Memorial Expenses

--The cost of a second and independent autopsy. Here’s why we need it: at this moment, it is unclear the reasoning for King’s death. While there is an autopsy being completed by the hospital, the family would like to have an independent autopsy done. Anita and Kenneth want to be sure to leave no stone unturned and have peace of mind as we move forward with four other young children to care for. Having a third party medical examination will ensure our ability to get a clear picture. We just want a true understanding of what exactly led to King being called home.

Sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) is the sudden death of a child 12 months of age or older that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, 393 children between the ages of 1-18 years died suddenly without a clear cause of death determined. Most of these children were toddlers, aged 1-4.

Our family is only beginning the long and painful process of adjusting to a world that does not include King in it. As we transition into this unimaginable reality and attempt to say goodbye to our light and goofball Kingie Boy - along with our hopes and dreams for all he would become - we thank you for your support. It is an emotionally exhausting time for everyone who loved King, in particular for his four siblings, who all struggle to understand that their brother is truly gone. We dread the upcoming holiday season without King’s beautiful smile and joyful laughter.

King has already accomplished so much in just his four years of life. First by being a son, brother, nephew and friend but also gracing the cover of a book titled Win Today designed for youth of all ages. As well as being the lead in a commercial for a speaking tour titled It’s Okay To Dream, which is meant to inspire youth all around the world. God’s plan is much bigger than ours could ever be and He made sure that King left us all with a number of beautiful memories and accomplishments to remember him by.  While we are lost, we are truly thankful for everyone who has already reached out to us with a text, a phone call, or a hot plate of food. It is your expressed care that keeps us going. Even if we are too overwhelmed to respond directly right now, we read every message and we want you to know that it means the world.

For those who can help with this GoFundMe, thank you. All of it will go directly to the costs listed above. Trust that no amount is too small and all of it is deeply appreciated.

With Gratitude and Profound Sadness - May King Rise In Power,

King’s Devastated Family
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Oliver Petty 
Pomona, CA
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