Rico Graham, the son of Vernell Street and the late Ricardo Graham, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8, 1983. Reek as he was affectionately known, was an ONLY child to this union. He transitioned from earthly labor to heavenly reward on May 24, 2020.
Rico was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore where he developed a tremendous love for all sports. However, his personal love was for baseball where he played for some o f the best teams in the state. He would remain a lifelong sports enthusiast and a diehard Ravens fan. During his formative years, Rico gave his life to Christ when he joined the Salem Baptist Church under Pastor Jimmie Robinson III. Rico was employed with the Baltimore City Sanitation Department where he was an outstanding worker.
Rico had a tremendous love for life and lived it to the fullest. His love story started with his love for his daughters, Iyonna and Da'ziyha, who meant everything to him. He would do anything for his girls because he knew the impact it would have on their lives. He touched so many other lives as well because of the love that was in his heart. His kindness wasn't limited to his Mom and family, but REEK always extended himself with compassion and kindness. He was a true friend to the end.
Regardless of the challenges that REEK experienced in his life, he always remained upbeat. You could never really tell if something was tugging on him because he was so selfless. When he was at his best, he was amazing and yet when adversity came his way, he was still better than most. He was a champion when it came to believing and encouraging others. He made you believe in the impossible.
What an amazing relationship he had with his Mom. They loved each other unconditionally. Vernell gave her son a good life because she invested everything she had in her son. Whether it was taking him to baseball practiceor just shopping, they did so much together. Rico's cousin, Devaldo who also lived with them, shared a true brotherly relationship that will last forever. Rico adored his Mom and was extremely protective and loving. This earthly relationship has ended but death cannot erase the memories of their life together.
At the time ofhis death, Rico was engaged to the love ofhis life, Sheneeka. They had accomplished so much and had a bright future planned. This loss hits hard but love will have the final say. There is no death in love, for love is eternal. To the many friends Rico cherished and they cherished him, stay encouraged and just know REEK is just a thought away. He was an amazing person and he will be greatly missed.
Rico leaves to cherish his memories: his loving mother, Vernell Street; his fiancee, Sheneeka; two daughters, Iyonna and Da'ziyha; two sisters, Sabrina and Makeba; two brothers, Devaldo Chappell and Ricardo Graham Jr. (deceased); four Uncles, Dennis, Alvin, Ronaldo, and Warren; three aunts, Patricia Street, Theresa Graham and Michelle Graham; and a host of cousins and friends.
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