March 29, 2008

never take the one you love for granted.

I'm writing this late tonight because I had read through facebook that a former high school classmate had lost her husband to a carjacking back on March 25, 2008. She gradauated from Rosati back in '99. I do remember her and sent her a message expressing my condelences. His wake and funeral are being held March 29, 2008 in Kansas City, MO.

As I went through her facebook pictures and saw her with her husband I thought to myself, I know how it is to lose a family member, aunt, uncle, cousin, as well as all of my grandparents. Yet how would I feel to lose my soulmate, love of my life, the ying to my yang.....the person that I pledged to spend the rest of my life with, grow old, and raise a family? I know people lose that special one to various reasons. It could be to illness where the process is prolonging and you watch while your mate suffers and you feel powerless as the person you love slowly detorates or it can happen like a snap of your fingers and one minute the person you love is kissing you goodbye promising to be home later on that evening.

You wait to hear their key in the door but instead you get a sharp tap and the men in blue are at your door with a grim face and you pray with all your might that everything is okay, yet when they start their speech, your knees get week, your eyes begin to tear up, you start to go numb, and all you can do is shake your head in denial and wish for the day to slowly go back in reverse so you can change whatever happened throughout the day so you wouldn't be standing where you are right now.

I can't begin to imagine what my former classmate is going through now. Lord knows I wish never do. What I will say is this, know that you were blessed with the time you had him in your life. He showed you something other people would wish to have in their lives and can only imagine. Only time will tell when your wounds have healed. Yet know that you have forever to remember the good times that you had together.

R.I.P. - Brandon Fauntleroy-McDowel

Story below

Police quick stop at KC park costs man his life

Mar 27, 2008 10:04 AM (1 day ago) AP
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Map, News) - Police are looking for a suspected carjacker in the shooting death of a Kansas City man who made a quick stop after work to dump trash from his SUV into a garbage can.

Police say 25-year-old Brandon Fauntleroy-McDowel was shot at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday during a struggle with a gunman who had demanded his vehicle. Moments after Fauntleroy-McDowel drove out of the downtown parking garage of his employer, he stopped at a park to remove trash from his SUV.

The attack at Case Park took place in front of witnesses and was within view of his workplace, State Street Bank and Trust Co. He had resigned to take another job, and Tuesday was his last day at State Street.

Police said Thursday a burned-out SUV found in Kansas City, Kan., overnight was related to a homicide, but they did not provide specifics.

Funeral and Wake Services

Brandon Charles Fauntleroy-McDowel

FAUNTLEROY-McDOWEL Brandon C. Fauntleroy-McDowel, 25, Raytown, passed away March 25, 2008. Services 11 a.m. Sat., March 29 at Prince of Peace MBC, 4301 Wabash. Visitation 8-11 a.m. at the church; Masonic services 10 a.m., Alpha Phi Alpha services 10:30 a.m. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery) Published in the Kansas City Star on 3/27/2008.

Suspect Sketch Released In Carjacking Murder
Last Edited: Friday, 28 Mar 2008, 5:08 PM CDT
Created: Friday, 28 Mar 2008, 5:06 PM CDT

8th and Jefferson suspect

Police released a sketch of a suspect in the murder of a 25-year-old man at 8th and Jefferson earlier this week. It is from a witness who saw the man driving Brandon Fauntleroy-McDowel's vehicle shortly after the shooting. The witness said the male had a very dark complexion
Fauntleroy-McDowel was leaving his last day on the job at State Street Financial around 5:15 p.m. when he was shot and killed.
Police have also confirmed the burned out SUV they found was that of a 25-year-old Kansas City carjacking victim.
Officers found the Chevy Tahoe in a secluded area on Muncie near State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. - about eight miles away from where Brandon Fauntleroy-McDowel's body was found murdered earlier this week.
The company has added $10,000 to the reward to help find the killer.
Dorrie Holland from State Street said, "We certainly are concerned for the family and friends and for the safety of our own employees and the community.
"The vehicle is so badly burned that detectives hope the VIN number will prove it's Fauntleroy-McDowel's.
Fauntleroy-McDowel was a graduate of Pembroke High School, and attended Hampton University on a Presidential Scholarship. He was finishing his master's degree and going to graduate from Avila University in a matter of weeks.
The university voted Thursday to posthumously award the family his MBA degree.
Ron Slepitza from Avila University said, "Part of Brandon's life was here and part of the relationships he developed were with the people here and it is also a tribute to what he was able to accomplish."
Brandon had just been accepted to law school at UMKC and was a Vice President of Omicron Xi Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at UMKC."
He was very excited about law school. We actually all stayed up with him the night before he took his LSAT while he studied, and we were all together when he got his results. He called everybody and let everybody know," Christopher Rembert, Fauntleroy-McDowel's fraternity brother, said.
Brandon's family finalized funeral arrangements on Thursday. His service is set for Saturday, March 30.Police do not have any suspects in custody. If you have information on Fauntleroy-McDowel's murder investigation call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
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