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25 Jul

Dear Samaad,

Who would have ever thought we would end up here?  Me alive and you dead at 19. You had more life to live, so much more to accomplish. You were special, never had to study, an all around athlete, but shined in basketball just like your grandfather.   I often ask WHY! WHY YOU? WHY ME? WHY OUR FAMILY? When I got the news you were shot I knew then you were gone for some reason. While in route to the hospital I...

16 Mar

Dear Killers….

It took FIVE of you to kill my son  Little did you know his destiny was already WON From this pain we will live in his HONOR I know you must have to PONDER As to why you made his name bigger than YONDER You took his LIFE that was all you did Now you’re in jail looking like a piece of SHIT Until the day we die we will SPEAK HIS NAME Too bad for you, you will die in SHAME  You turned up a VILLAIN in FivesUpRoddy That’s...

23 Nov

First Annual Youth Over Guns Walk 9/5/20

Samaad was buried on Saturday January 11, 2020. By Monday morning Coach Audrey Taylor was at my house with encouraging words on our next steps. “We cannot let his name die sis.” “We have to keep his legacy going.” I agreed but did not have a direction at the time. I thought long and hard of the many ways we could move forward with her plan, which now became my mission. The Samaad Z Frazier Youth Over Guns Walk was created...

25 May

LIVE 4U By FivesUpRoddy

Samaad’s death was a tragedy but who would have known that so much positivity would come from it. His brother 🖐🏽 Terrod “FivesUpRoddy” decided to take it to another level and make music about those days and moments at the hospital and leading up to his burial. Three months after all of this he dropped his first EP, 5iveTapes PT 1 which is dedicated to Samaad. So much talent and positive things have come from Samaad’s legacy it’s amazing! In...

25 May

MAADY WRLD By FivesUpRoddy

“The pain and the slight echo of the first line of Maady Wrld set the tone for the rest of Roddy’s E.P. He is coming to terms with the death of his friend Samaad “Maady” Frazier but in doing so it lit a fire in him that was unforeseen. The beginning of the song matches this emotion. The first half of the song starts off very slow with no beat, just a slight melodic hum the lyrics show the aftermath of...

05 May

PATIO TALK WITH “THE FAMILY” 🖐🏽 MOMS

I talk a lot about my sons “The Family” 🖐🏽 but there are “WOMEN OF STRENGTH,” behind these young men who make them who and what they are. After interviewing them, Felecia decided we should tell our story too. I met Felecia, Terrod “Roddy’s” mom and Olivia, Quincy “Q’s” mom during basketball season at Franklin High School in 2016 and 2017, and I met Takeshia, Daniel “Danny’s” mom and Shenné, Elijah “E’s” mom after Samaad passed. In the end we...

27 Apr

“The Family” 🖐🏽 NOT A GANG Part 2

1. How did you all meet and when?Terrod-I met different people at different times, but we all came together as one between our sophomore year and senior year.Davon-Everyone I met in the Fives I met while I was in high school my freshmen or sophomore year. 2.  How did you end up calling yourselves “The Family?”Terrod-Honestly, Tyree. The 5ive emoji “🖐🏽” meant so much to Tyree and anyone who was considered as family to him, when he would text you he would...

24 Apr

WHAT PATH ARE YOU ON?

Life can change quickly. Understanding that takes a different kind of mindset, a different kind of person. People say that I’m strong. If they only knew that I pray for strength daily. What they also don’t know is that I’m a realist. To understand life I had to accept death as a part of it. I accept my life paths and journeys even though they change like moments. Allowing God to guide me and having faith is how I live...

01 Apr

“THE FAMILY” 🖐🏽 NOT A GANG

Samaad and his best friends/brothers call themselves “The Family.” The members are Omar, Syed, Terrod, Davon, Elijah, Davay, Obrian, Tyree, Dominic, Tayo, Quincy, and Danny. They are a group of young men who come from different nationalities, have different personalities, and each contribute something different to their friendship/family bond.  I was so intrigued with their love, loyalty and support of one another I decided to write about them to learn more about how they met, what makes them click, and why...

20 Mar

You Should be More Afraid of the Consequences than Your Actions!

Rationalizations make it easier to live with ourselves when we do the things that we want to do, rather than the things we know we should do. We know right from wrong; we were all taught this at a young age. What we never realize is that our actions could have consequences so deep to ruin not only our lives but our families as well. The fact that gun violence even reached Somerset, NJ still shocks me. Somerset is considered...