My son Donald was a good and loving son who would give the shirt off his back to help someone, whether he knew them or not. He loved drawing, cutting hair, music and life itself. He was always a happy person and always put others first. His favorite color is blue. He loved to make jokes and make people laugh.

Donald is the youngest of two sons, born August 31, 1974.

On January 16, 1996, my son Donald was shot down in cold blood. Detectives working the case said he was shot five times in the head, chest, side and shoulder. No one has ever been arrested for his murder. My family and myself have never given up hope that his killers will one day pay for what happened to him.

Donald's favorite Bible stories are in the book of Revelations. He would talk about how he read in the Bible about how the streets were paved with gold and how beautiful it must be in heaven. I sometimes take comfort when I think about how he is in such a Godly place where there is no more hatred and killing, and where there is nothing but peace and quiet all the time. 

We miss Donald very much; not a day goes by when I don't think about him and miss him. I still have a hard time believing he is really gone.

Here are some letters from his friends and family.

In Memory of Donald Farlough Jr.

Sunrise - August 31, 1974      Sunset: January 16, 1996
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donald_farlough5.jpg (269662 bytes)Donald, My love you and your brother are my life. I know with the help of God we will somehow be able to go on. But baby, I need for you to know that in my heart I will take each step with you, each breath thinking of you. Baby, when I draw my dying breath, I know we will all be together again. We will walk together, sing together, dance together, laugh together...when I get to heaven's gate. We all love you Dee, with all our hearts and souls  
Mom - 1/25/96

Pemie, first of all let me say that I'm very sorry for your loss. I wont say that I know what you are going through because I don't. All I know is that a lot of people that I love and care about are in a lot of pain and it's not fair. I wish there was something I could say or do that would help ease the pain but unfortunately there isn't. What I can do is keep you in my prayers and try to be there if you need me. God has plans that we don't always understand . He also takes care of all of his children and he's always there even when to us it doesn't seem that way. I pray that God will keep you and your family, and if there's anything I can do don't hesitate to ask.  
Love Carla - 1/17/96

To Lil Donald, We had some good times and some good days and I really don't have much to say, but I have much love for you and I miss you  
Love Tricie & Lorenzo

Dear Nephew, It doesn't seem like you are gone away from us. I just can't accept it but I'm just going to try. You know that there's so much love in my heart for you, always no matter what. 
Your Teedy Londa

Dear Donald, Me June, Caprice will miss you very much. I wish I could have been there for you or could have helped in some way. Now I can only say - May God Keep You For All Of Us. 
Senobia Johnson --Mom Too


Dear Dee, Things aren't the same without you. When he took your life, he took a part of me. You are like a little brother to me. My heart aches for you. I can't accept the fact that you are gone. It's so hard but one day we will be one big happy family again. I Love you D.  
Love Janice

Dear D.   I really don't know what to say because I'm hurting, I'm in pain. My heart aches for you. I cry for you each night I go to sleep, I see your  handsome face. Just can't believe you're gone. My children are so used to seeing you. They keep asking when are you going to come and cut their hair. I just tell them you're sleeping in heaven. It's true what they say, that Heaven's got another angel because that's what you are to me. You know D, one day we are going to be together in heaven. It's just not right to take an innocent person's life. You know D, what goes around comes around. (R.I.P. LIL D.)  You are gone but never forgotten . 
Love Janice

In Time Of Loss 
Lonely is the home without you; life is not the same 
All the world would be like heaven if we had you back again 
A light is from our household gone ,a voice we love is still 
A place is vacant in our home that never can be filled 

May the God of Love and Mercy care for our loved one who is gone, 
and bless with consolation, those left to carry on. 
The happy hours we once enjoyed, How sweet their memory still, 
But death has left a vacant place the world will never fill. 

How we love you and prayed you might live,
But Jesus just beckoned, and we had to give. 
God gave us strength to bear it, and the courage to fight the blow,
What it has meant to lose you, God alone will ever know.   
Love you Dee - your Teedy Tanya 

Heaven's Everlasting Beauty May you find comfort in knowing your love one is with God... Resting in perfect peace beyond all sorrows. 
To Pemie, GoGo & Family from Tricia, Vernon, Toya & Dawayne  

May God Be with you forever and always. May God Wipe Away All Sorrows 
With Love Audrey and the Brooks Family

And God called upon me in the day of trouble I will deliver thee, and Thou shall glorify me (ps.50:15) We share your sorrow with much love.  
Uncle Frank & aunt Isabelle and the entire Family

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It's difficult to know what to say right now 
Frank, Robin & Family

May God Bless You --
Uncle Mickey-----Rev. Roosevelt  Seaberry

My prayers are with you with love 
Your Godmother Virgie Washington

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With deepest sympathy - I miss you Donald 
Tiquilla 

From All Of Us At Mackie Roofing Company 
Jerome Walker,  Derrick L., James Wilson, Anthony E.,  Earl Mackie, Louis Wilson, Sanders, Mose Butler,  Whop,  Ralph Spears, Sanders Lawson, Joe Wee & all employees at Mackie Roofing 

We Love And Miss You Lil Donald
Your cousins Zundrea & Trumaine

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We miss you Donald    
Samika & Monika Rodriquez

Miss and love you Donald 
From Nicole

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Miss and love you Donald 
Your godmother, godfather Vera & Earl & children Michelle, Ceiara & Jarell 

May God Bless and Keep you my precious son 
Love Your Dad (Donald Farlough Sr.)

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 Dear Donald, my dear brother, nothing, not even death, can tear us apart. I keep you close in my heart. I love and miss you very much.
 your brother, Felton

Dear Donald, We wish we could have been here for you, your best friends and cousins. We love and miss you very much. 
Derrick , Benson, & Thomas

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Dear Donald  I love and miss you 
Your cousin Vinetta

Dear Donald I love and miss you very much 
your grandmother Go Go

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Dear Donald,  I love and miss you very much and I will always keep you in my prayers and may God keep you close to his heart 
Your Auntie  (Claudie) 

May God Bless and Keep You Lil Donald 
Uncle Vincent

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We love you Uncle Donald 
Felnisha, Felniqua, Felnika, Delton, 
Lil Felton, Darrell, Darren, Demetrious

We pray for you every night. We miss you Dee. 
DaJuan, DaJuanna, Jerimiah, Kendell, Wendell Millro

The family wishes to express gratitude to everyone for their prayers, calls, and flowers. We appreciate your words of encouragement and your presence whether in body or spirit. We realize you can not erase the pain but it helps knowing that you care. May God bless you all,  
From the Family


A Memory For Donald

From Ernestine & GoGo

The house is filled with silence.

We see your bedroom door ajar,
And suddenly restrain memories of violence

And the wound whose unhealed scar
Still pulses with pain and stings with tears,
Until we remember
Heaven's really not so far from here.

Your youth has a glory age will not fade.

Your hopes have hardly been stilled.

Your dreams with your life has not been laid.

You left your future for us to fulfill.

The path so cluttered has now become clear.

When we believe
Heaven's really not so far from here.    

Donald, we can hear your laughter.

Baby, we see bright rays from your smile.

You come closer as we follow after
Along life's trail, mile upon mile.

You seem so far,
But you're really quite near.  

Because of you, sweet son,
Heaven's truly not so far from here

by Holly Al-Dahir

1/20/96


 

 

~ The Light ~

Angels crossing over bridge
They wait for you to see
Light that shines so brightly
Illuminates life so naturally

Water down below reflects
Angel's gentle wings
Beauty is a part of joy
The wonder nature brings

So calming is this water
Gives us all such peace
Reflections of the flowers
Floral scents of love increase

Angels watching overhead
Are glad to hear us speak
Knowing that within our hearts
It's precious love we seek

~ Francine Pucillo ~
2000, used with permission


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