#LONGLIVEGERRIK

$14,574 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 38 months
ON MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2016 AT 6:30 MY BIGGEST FEAR CAME TO REALITY. MY SON GERRIK THOMAS WAS A VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME. GERRIK WAS WALKING TO MY GRANNY HOUSE FROM THE STORE WHEN SOMEONE APPROACHED HIM AND SHOT HIM. MY SON HAD JUST CALLED MY PHONE AT 6:24PM AND SAID THAT A DUDE BANGED ON HIM. I TALKED TO HIM FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES NOT KNOWING THAT THIS WOULD BE THE LAST TIME I'LL HEAR MY SON VOICE. AT 6:33PM I RECEIVED A CALL FROM MY COUSIN/SISTER/BROTHER THAT I NEEDED TO GET TO MY GRANNY BLOCK AND I HEARD ALL THE CRYING IN THE BACKGROUND. AT THAT POINT I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG. I FELT IT IN MY HEART. MY STOMACH STARTED TO HURT AND MY LEGS WAS GETTING WEAK LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO COLLAPSE FROM UNDER ME. WHEN I REACH MY GRANNYS BLOCK THEY HAD ALREADY TAKEN MY SON TO CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL. ONCE I ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL, THE HOUR SEEMED LIKE A LIFETIME. THAT'S WHEN I LEARNED MY SON WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD, HE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST AND HAD EXPIRED. LATER, TO LEARN THAT LAFD PARAMEDIC HAD PICKED MY SON UP LIKE HE WAS A SACK OF POTATOES BY HIS SHIRT AND WAS DROPPED OFF THE STRETCHER AND ONTO HIS HEAD WHILE AT THE CRIME SCENE ON 54TH & 9TH AVE. MY SON GERRIK WAS A 21 YEAR OLD BLACK MAN THAT WORKED AS SECURITY, HE ATTENDED SCHOOL FOR NURSING AND WAS TRYING TO BE A INSPIRED RAPPER. I CAN SAY PROUDLY THAT GERRIK DID NOT GANG BANG
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2016 has been a rough year since my son was murdered. I stated back then and still to this day that I will keep my sons name and face out there and I have been doing just that when grief isn't consuming me. I have put together a few community events in honor of my son by having an ALL WHITE PARTY for his birthday giving the illusion as if we were partying in heaven with my son, I gave a picnic so kids could enjoy themselves along with the family, I have given out over 200 backpacks with supplies when school started back, I gave children a safe environment to have fun for Halloween with fun, games, jumpers, game truck and costumes. My biggest project of giving back for 2016 will be on December 18th which is when I will be hosting a Winter Wonderland hopefully to bring the snow to the kids and to provide them with toys, coats/jackets, food, fun, games and possible meal in Christmas day. I decided to create a foundation in his name and give other children a safe place to go after school, during the summer where not only they will be safe but they can do homework, learn to use computers, take them different places thoughout the year and provide them with things I mentioned above. Once that is up and running I will also create group home for those that are displaced from their families for whatever reasons. My motto is I can help save someone else child since I couldn't save my ownown and I must admit this is how I have been able to deal with my loss and pain which is by helping others and again making sure people want forget him. I struggle with the fact that my son murder has not been solved. I sometimes visit the location where he was shot to spend time with him because at the cemetery the nats get the best of me inside the mausoleum so I don't visit. I have been looking at other location to move him so I can spend more time and possibly get more peace but I also feel once his murderer is caught and convicted I will have justice for him. I thank all of you that have made donations, sent your prayers and condolences to me and my family I so appreciate all of you so much and God bless you. I hope 2017 is a better year for me but I miss my son tremendously..... His smile, his voice, the way he walk, how he used to bug me and all. So again I thank you, I thank you, I thank you for keeping us in you hearts especially at this time of the year. On the 25th will make a year so I will be putting a praying circle together at 6:24 pm- 7:10pm in his memory. Happy Holidays!

Demicha
#LONGLIVEGERRIK
He is truly missed #LONGLIVEGERRIK
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LAYING HERE, ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHT. I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE AND LET YOU ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF FOR YOUR KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT, CONDOLENCES, PRAYERS, SYMPATHY CARDS, DONATIONS, FOOD, ETC. FROM MY FAMILY TO EVERYONE ACROSS THE STATES, COUNTRIES, THE STREETS OF SOUTH LA, HIGH DESET, BAY AREA, FAMILY MEMBERS, TRU TO THA FACT, SECOND II NONE. SISTERS FROM ANOTHER PATCH, ACROSS TOWN, THE BIKE SET. WORK, ETC FOR GERRIK. WE THANK YOU ALL & ARE SO GRATEFUL!!! A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY SFAP Stacey Kraftee Johnson FOR CREATING MY THANK YOU CARDS. SHE LISTENED, I THINK I MAY HAVE A JOB GOR HER NEXT YEAR LOL. IF YOU SIGNED THE BOOK AT THE FUNERAL YOU WILL RECIEVE ONE IN THE MAIL. #LONGLIVEGERRIK
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Myself, my husband and our children would like to thank everyone that made a donation towards my son burial. Words can not express how I feel as to everyone kind encouraging words, donations, hugs. We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts
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It has been two weeks since the murder of my son, my baby boy, Gerrik. And each day without him my heart aches more and more. While I am utterly grateful to find the heartbreaking story of my son's muder has grasp the attention of the papers, LA Times & Opinion San Bernardino, I am still having to prepare for his Homegoing. Donations are still being accepted & well appreciated. Thank you very much to all who has sent their condolences, prayers, words of encouragement and or has given any sum of a donation. I thank you all.
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Wendy Breakiron
32 months ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss ! A friend of mine was shot and killed during July 4th Celebration he was only 28 years old he left behind two small children .. He also was a Black Man that was killed by another black man . He was not my child but it broke my heart seeing him in his coffin at 28 years old ! I know the pain and anger I felt I could only imagine the pain and anger you're feeling ! My your son rest in peace and my receive the justice you seek , God Bless You and keep you safe ..

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Danny Williams
38 months ago
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I no how to pray for Gerrik my hear goes out to the family.

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Latriece Hayes
38 months ago
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My heart is heavy with grief and pain. My condolcense to you and your family. This story touched my heart to the core and i dont know this young man.

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Vickie McNeely Hanshaw
31 months ago

I am Not a Person of Color but I am Mother of 3. I am So Sorry for the Loss of your Son. It is a Senseless Traggedy that should never happen to anyone. I can not even Imagine the Disabling Pain that you are going thru. Love and Prayers to You and your Family. May your Baby Boys Memory Always Keep GODS Light in Your Heart. ♥♥♥

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Dawn Rashko
32 months ago

My son Joel was shot and killed by a black man on his first trip to New york brooklyn attending a cookout at roy wilkins park....i was called on mothers day and told the news....right now im going thru justice system for his killer that was given a bond and put on house arrest...it make me mad everyday to think of this man sitting at home but my sons gone....i feel u on the black lives matter....my son wasnt killed by cops but a fool with a gun...and his life matters just as much

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Becky Henson
32 months ago

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son.

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Astra Stenson
38 months ago

I just read the news report regarding my Grandson Gerrik, asking God why? Why him, why not the two bastards, that decided to end his life. I know, I should not question God's decision, but at the present, I am just lost, hurt and want justice for the taking of his life. I cannot fathom, seeing Gerrik, when I pull up on 9th Ave, standing in the yard smiling, or his playing with the kids.

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Lauren Cox Mann
17 months ago

Demicha, first I'm sorry about your son. I lost my little sister in 2016 and don't wish this pain on anyone. I was wondering if you have a charity set up for all the events you talk about above. I'd love to help raise money for you. It's easier for me if there is an actual charity instead of just a go fund me page. Please let me know.

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Faye Whiddon
17 months ago

May God's strength and love sustain you. I believe the loss of a child is the most devastating thing that could happen to anyone. I pray that you get justice for your son.

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April Lampkowski
17 months ago

God Bless You for what you are doing. What a beautiful thing to do for the beautiful children in America!!!! Awesome!!!!!! Your Son I am sure is smiling down on you.

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Kristi Rushing
18 months ago

I do not know you but came across your post on fb. That being said, my heart goes out to you and grieves with you in the loss of your son. Thru your pain, you are inspiring people around you. Your all white party to get a glimpse of heavens celebration was such a beautiful tribute to your son. I pray God carries you each and every moment of this journey on earth. I will be praying for you. You truly are a brave mother and a wonderful mother still in honoring your son this way. May he rest in the arms of Jesus until you are reunited with him in Heaven.

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Pilay Na Elbow
31 months ago

I feel your pain, not that I've lost my child but the fear of anything could happen to my 2 boys whe they were growing up. I have prayed for you and your family and the police officers who are continuously working to give justice to Gerrik. May peace, hope and love feels you.

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Dawn Clendaniel Beebe
32 months ago

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son (so handsome) Just know he watching over you to help you get through this. Dawn South Jersey

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Karen Muller
38 months ago

My heart goes out to you and the family you are all in my Prayers, Rest In Peace Gerrick, God Bless You All.

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Ron Wilson
38 months ago

#RestWellGerrik #GoneBeforeTooSoon

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Wendy Breakiron
32 months ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss ! A friend of mine was shot and killed during July 4th Celebration he was only 28 years old he left behind two small children .. He also was a Black Man that was killed by another black man . He was not my child but it broke my heart seeing him in his coffin at 28 years old ! I know the pain and anger I felt I could only imagine the pain and anger you're feeling ! My your son rest in peace and my receive the justice you seek , God Bless You and keep you safe ..

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Danny Williams
38 months ago
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I no how to pray for Gerrik my hear goes out to the family.

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Latriece Hayes
38 months ago
1
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My heart is heavy with grief and pain. My condolcense to you and your family. This story touched my heart to the core and i dont know this young man.

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Vickie McNeely Hanshaw
31 months ago

I am Not a Person of Color but I am Mother of 3. I am So Sorry for the Loss of your Son. It is a Senseless Traggedy that should never happen to anyone. I can not even Imagine the Disabling Pain that you are going thru. Love and Prayers to You and your Family. May your Baby Boys Memory Always Keep GODS Light in Your Heart. ♥♥♥

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Dawn Rashko
32 months ago

My son Joel was shot and killed by a black man on his first trip to New york brooklyn attending a cookout at roy wilkins park....i was called on mothers day and told the news....right now im going thru justice system for his killer that was given a bond and put on house arrest...it make me mad everyday to think of this man sitting at home but my sons gone....i feel u on the black lives matter....my son wasnt killed by cops but a fool with a gun...and his life matters just as much

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Becky Henson
32 months ago

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son.

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Astra Stenson
38 months ago

I just read the news report regarding my Grandson Gerrik, asking God why? Why him, why not the two bastards, that decided to end his life. I know, I should not question God's decision, but at the present, I am just lost, hurt and want justice for the taking of his life. I cannot fathom, seeing Gerrik, when I pull up on 9th Ave, standing in the yard smiling, or his playing with the kids.

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Lauren Cox Mann
17 months ago

Demicha, first I'm sorry about your son. I lost my little sister in 2016 and don't wish this pain on anyone. I was wondering if you have a charity set up for all the events you talk about above. I'd love to help raise money for you. It's easier for me if there is an actual charity instead of just a go fund me page. Please let me know.

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Faye Whiddon
17 months ago

May God's strength and love sustain you. I believe the loss of a child is the most devastating thing that could happen to anyone. I pray that you get justice for your son.

+ Read More
April Lampkowski
17 months ago

God Bless You for what you are doing. What a beautiful thing to do for the beautiful children in America!!!! Awesome!!!!!! Your Son I am sure is smiling down on you.

+ Read More
Kristi Rushing
18 months ago

I do not know you but came across your post on fb. That being said, my heart goes out to you and grieves with you in the loss of your son. Thru your pain, you are inspiring people around you. Your all white party to get a glimpse of heavens celebration was such a beautiful tribute to your son. I pray God carries you each and every moment of this journey on earth. I will be praying for you. You truly are a brave mother and a wonderful mother still in honoring your son this way. May he rest in the arms of Jesus until you are reunited with him in Heaven.

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Pilay Na Elbow
31 months ago

I feel your pain, not that I've lost my child but the fear of anything could happen to my 2 boys whe they were growing up. I have prayed for you and your family and the police officers who are continuously working to give justice to Gerrik. May peace, hope and love feels you.

+ Read More
Dawn Clendaniel Beebe
32 months ago

I am so very sorry for the loss of your son (so handsome) Just know he watching over you to help you get through this. Dawn South Jersey

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Karen Muller
38 months ago

My heart goes out to you and the family you are all in my Prayers, Rest In Peace Gerrick, God Bless You All.

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Ron Wilson
38 months ago

#RestWellGerrik #GoneBeforeTooSoon

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