Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Brian Jones who was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 1982 and was murdered in Detroit, Michigan near Michigan Avenue and Martin on February 22, 2005 - the night before he was to turn 23. He is gone from our lives, but never our hearts.  We will remember him forever.

    





~Brian~
Although your journey on this earth was not an easy one, you chose to live beyond your pain. Your life has taught so many people in ways you could have never imagined. Thank you for teaching us to:
• Live
• Love
• Laugh
• Forgive
• Heal
• Surrender
• Smile
• Give
• Play
• Learn
• Change
• Believe
• Care
• Persist
• Transform
• Dream

We are grateful that God brought you into our family and that you allowed your life to teach us. Your son will have a glimpse of the beautiful person you were through all you have touched.
Even though your short journey on this earth is over, your spirit lives on and continues to teach. You would be so proud of Sara—she is an extraordinary mom to your beautiful son, Dante. We are looking forward to getting to know you better through him. Until we see you again.
~uncle shawn and aunt kathleen~




Every lesson learned is a wound on the mend
Every moment spent with those you love is a moment you miss someone you love
Every joy that is experienced is savored just a bit more because of the extreme pain that exists
The great irony of life - experience joy and one must also experience great heartache as well
No one can tell me anymore to stay positive or keep your chin up or look on the bright side
I have stayed alive and that is an accomplishment all on its own
I am missing the love of my life
The one person who even in the midst of my anger could make me not only smile, but laugh
He made me look beyond sadness and dream
The horror of having him ripped away from me, from life
You see he did not "pass away"
He did not peacefully move on from this life to the next
He was murdered...shot in the head three times and left in an alley to die alone, without me, without any consolation
He missed his 23rd birthday by one day
He wasn't able to witness his son come into the world
He didn't make it to see our dreams become a reality
There are no thoughts I have except for him
Of his pain and his life that was cut incredibly short
He is in a cold casket
His eyes closed
His heart not beating
His hands forever unable to feel
His mouth unable to speak, unable to laugh
And I'll be here
My vision jaded by mistrust, hurt and anger
My heart broken in a million pieces
My hands empty of his
My mouth unable to speak of the horror and incredible emptiness I feel

You see the one I love has been murdered
He is no longer here
and neither is my soul
 



















Did the angels come from heaven
To be with you that night
Did they feel your terror
And take away your fright

Did the angels bear the pain
Of what was being done to you
Did they hear your cries of fear
And stay to help you through

Did the angels hold you tightly
The way I would have done
Did they know how I would feel 
wishing I was the one

Did the angels cry out loudly
For the unjustness of your plight
Did they call on the Lord Jesus
And lead you to the light

Did the angels softly kiss your cheek
Before you took your leave
Did they remind you how I loved you so
And did they know forevermore I'd grieve

Did the angels tell you gently
Don't worry you will not go alone
Did they know that a part of me went with you
The day God called you home 








It is healthy and honorable to weep at the loss of someone we love. 
Healthy because such passion must be released.
Honorable because it is respectful to admit the importance of people who loved and supported us...
PEOPLE WHOSE FOOTPRINTS CANNOT EVER BE MATCHED.











WE LITTLE KNEW THAT MORNING THAT
GOD WAS GOING TO CALL YOUR NAME.
IN LIFE WE LOVED YOU DEARLY,
IN DEATH WE DO THE SAME.
IT BROKE OUR HEARTS TO LOSE YOU,
YOU DID NOT GO ALONE.
FOR PART OF US WENT WITH YOU,
THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME.
YOU LEFT US PEACEFUL MEMORIES,
YOUR LOVE IS STILL OUR GUIDE.
AND THOUGH WE CANNOT SEE YOU,
YOU ARE ALWAYS AT OUR SIDE.
OUR FAMILY CHAIN IS BROKEN,
AND NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME.
BUT AS GOD CALLS US ONE BY ONE,
THE CHAIN WILL LINK AGAIN.












OUR LOVE  OUTLIVES OUR BODIES
OUR LOVE  OUTLASTS OUR WRONGS
LOVE IS SPIRITUAL NOT PHYSICAL
LOVE CONNECTS OUR SOULS ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
THE LOVE BETWEEN SOULS IS NEVER REALLY LOST











What we have once enjoyed we can never lose
All that we have loved deeply becomes a part of us.
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I'm one of the stars
I shall be living
In one of them
I shall be laughing
And so it shall be
As if the stars
Were laughing
When you look
At the night sky










In the rising of the sun,
and in it's going down,
We remember you.
In the blowing of the wind
and in the chill of winter,
We remember you.
In the opening of buds
and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember you.
In the rustling of leaves 
and in the beauty of Autumn,
We remember you.
In the beginning of the year
and when it ends
We remember you.
As long as we live,
you shall live too,
For you are a part of us as,
We remember You.











If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
I would walk right up to heaven
To bring you home again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say good-bye
You were gone before we knew it
And only god knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
and secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know



























 


 

 

Click here to see Brian Jones "B.J."'s
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Peace for all...   / Lynda Simmons (Angel mom to Brian Colletti )
I wanted to tell you Brian's marker is beautiful.  I love what it says.  Truly an inspiration to all who read it & an acknowledgement of your son's mighty spirit which lives on in the hearts of all who knew him.  Oct 21 2011 we w...  Continue >>
Your welcome...   / Lynda Simmons (Brian Colletti's mom )
Dear Sara You are very welcome & I thank you for sending me a message in return.  As I went back to read what I had sent I was filled with gratitude for my relationship with God who is so good all the time.  I know that time alone do...  Continue >>
Six Years   / Sara
You know six years is a long time...what's even crazier is that you would be turning 29...what an old man =) This year my heart has been heavy...you know the struggles and see what the little guy has gone through...my heart aches beyond what I can ex...  Continue >>
our son   / Sara
BJ I know God has let you watch Dante as he grows and I know that you are always watching out for him...it's just been hard to go to first kindergarten events and first baseball games and feel your absence so strongly...I know you are proud of me and...  Continue >>
five years and still learning   / Sara
I often tell myself that I should be happy for the people who don’t understand
The ones whose only concept of murder is what they see on TV
There is no way to comprehend what our family has endured by losing you
There is no wa...  Continue >>
Feb. 22, 2010  / Clare     Read >>
your son misses you  / Sara     Read >>
Gone Home  / Kelly     Read >>
Another Birthday In Heaven  / Dante's Grama (D's grama )    Read >>
We miss you  / Jaime     Read >>
memories / Clare     Read >>
condolences / Clare     Read >>
memory / Scott     Read >>
Dear B.J.  / Anna P.     Read >>
Happy birthday to you!  / Scott And Clare     Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
ALL ABOUT BRIAN  

 

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Brian Williams was the firstborn to Valorie Williams and Darrin Ryan.  He was adopted by Latorrea Jones and Charles Ryan as a young child, his name was changed to Brian Rashad Jones.

Brian has six brothers:
Tyrell
Kelly
Warren
Vergil
Jeremiah
Raymond Jr.

And two sisters:
Antoinette
Regina

He also has three siblings from his adoptive family:
Treasure
Martell
Isaiah


Brian loved to play basketball and when he was young everyone called him little jordan because he was so good.

As a teenager Brian developed a relationship with Pastor Dennis Talbert and was involved with the youth ministry at Rosedale Park Baptist Church.  Pastor Dennis became a father figure to Brian.  BJ was always talking about Dennis and it was apparent that he felt so loved by him.  Their relationship made a lasting difference in Brian's life.

Education was difficult to attain because of the extremely rough life Brian experienced.  He was on his own by the age of fourteen, but in 2000, Brian completed the GED not once, but twice, so he held a certificate in both his birth name AND adopted name.

Brian was known for saying some funny things:
He called hanging out Kicking the willy bo bo and no matter what you said to him he always responded by saying  'for real'

Brian loved food: any and all kinds, but he especially liked eggs.  You could always find him with a newport cigarette and a bottle of moon mist.  BJ loved to rap and his favorites drinks were remy martin or bacardi silvers.  He loved to eat McDonalds big breakfasts, Ram's horn Belgium waffles and corned beef sandwiches from the coney island.  You could always catch BJ staring at himself in the mirror no matter where he was.  BJ loved to play dice and scratch off lotto tickets...He always had the cheesiest smile and laughed about everything.  Something that would surprise many people is that Brian loved the violin, but not as surprising as the fact that he liked watching Lifetime movies!

Brian leaves behind many people who miss his smile and can't wait to see him again.

 

HE LIVES ON IN ALL OF US  

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Anyone who had the opportunity to meet Brian would probably mention his smile.  He had a way of lighting up the room and his laughter was contagious.  Brian was so compassionate.  There wasn't a person he didn't try to help in whatever way he could.  He taught us how to look at the beauty inside of people and to be more understanding.  As I look back on the many memories we shared one thing always stood out to me about him.  He was the most forgiving person I have ever met.  People talk about forgiveness, but no one showed me the true meaning like he did.  He experienced the most pain and showed the most love.  Brian was murdered on February 22, 2005.  The day before his 23rd birthday.  The case is still unsolved and the pain is still so very real that someone ended our loved ones life in a brutal act of violence.  Someone took away a best friend, a father, a brother, a son, a comedian, a rapper, a basketball fanatic, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with.  Someone took him away and left him in an alley to die alone. 

He leaves a legacy in the form of a little boy, his son Dante, who was Brian's pride and joy.  If Dante can be assured of one thing it was his dad's unwaivering love and his excitement about becoming a father.  Although he was taken away before he had the chance to show his son all that he wanted to, Dante will know each day that he is loved by his mom AND dad.

To feel weak yet stay strong
To know hatred yet still love
To experience fear yet remain brave
This was Brian Rashad Jones
Beloved Son, Brother, Father, Friend
2-23-1982
2-22-2005


  


 NON VIOLENCE OR NON EXISTENCE



The aftermath of non violence is the creation of a beloved community
The aftermath of non violence is redemption
The aftermath of non violence is reconciliation
The aftermath of violence is emptiness and bitterness

-Martin Luther King Jr. 
April 7, 1957


***AN EYE FOR AN EYE LEAVES EVERYONE BLIND***


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Brian looking sweet in his tux
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