Justice For Brandon

Miss you forever, love you always.

Brandon was a beautiful young man. He was only 21 years old and deeply immersed in pursuing his dreams of becoming a designer. He had a girlfriend. He had friends and a family who loved him deeply. He was a cut-up. He was known for his kindness, his generosity, his willingness to support others. He lived in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland and was part of the energy that makes that neighborhood so vital. He was like many young people in his sense that he was invincible. He threw his arms wide and embraced life. His promise and the joy he brought to living ended brutally on July 26, 2011. 

Brandon was killed by a criminal, without conscious or remorse. We tend to think that things like this can’t, don’t happen to good people – that somehow “me” or “my children, my family, the people I love” won’t be involved in anything that would put them in danger. The fact is that criminals, like the person who killed Brandon, are not concerned about who they kill. They don’t stop to think about the innocent lives they cut short or the families they tear apart.

Brandon deserves justice. So does our community. 

Please let the authorities know that you care about crime in our community, that you demand that they protect the public. Demand justice for Brandon and for Cleveland.

Brandon was a student of mine last year. And one of the best I have ever had: talented, creative, funny, respectful, personable, helpful, and set a high standard in my class. CIA is filled with great students...some of the best in the country. A handful of even them go above and beyond the extremely high expectations that we set for them.

And then there’s students like Brandon, who impress you as a creative beyond what you think a student should be able to do. And you can only wonder what awesome things they will be doing in 5 years. 10 years. In their lifetime. It’s not a matter if they will change the world, but when.
— Chris
Always very giving with his “I love you’s” and “I miss you’s”, BIG STRONG HUGS, just the way they are supposed to be. I was lucky enough to see him often, just by chance. The funnest, kindest, most special boy. being with him was calming. nobody deserves what happened to him, but I honestly can’t think of a more gentle person. A horrible shame, we ache, we have lost a major asset to our team.
— Shannon
I’ve never met someone who could get along with every single person they met and still have the motivation that you had. You are still bringing people together even after you’re gone. We lost a strong driving force in our community.
— Cole
I didn’t know him well, but I knew him well enough to know how humble he was. We had a long conversation about what we wanted to do in our career’s, and I was really impressed by him, he didn’t want to take any credit for how talented and hardworking he was. I knew he would be someone I would be excited about looking up 10 or 15 years down the road.
— Paul
He always made me laugh, was there for anyone in a second, and like many people have said, his carefree, laid back lifestyle, yet very concentrated art career and humor made him who he was. The first time i met him in digital class, he blew me away with his digital work and made it look so easy. An inspiration and unforgettable human being.
— Kerry
Every project you did, you put everything you had into it and worked up until the last second...such a hard worker and yet still so modest. You would have given a friend the shirt off of your back, and you helped me countless times.
— Savannah
Your truly compassionate and radiant energy will never be forgotten. I am honored to have had the privilege of knowing you these past two years. Your kind heart and strong spirit made this world a better place for so many.
— Eric

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cleveland homicide unit at 216-623-5464. 

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