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Ranel “Rae” Marshall

In memory of Ranel “Rae” Marshall

Rae’s smile could light up an entire room. Her laughter was filled with joy. Her love could be felt by those she loved. She was destined for greatness, studying for her degree in interior design/marketing at The School of Arts.

On June 29, 2021, while sitting in her car waiting for her friend, heading to an afternoon movie, she was shot multiple times during a drive-by in Southeast Washington, D.C. Rae fought for several days before she was declared legally brain dead on July 4, 2021, at the age of 21— two months after her 21st birthday.

On June 29, 2021, they took our “Rae” of sunshine from us. All we have left are memories, pictures, stories and videos. A void — emptiness — has been left that could never be filled.

They took from us something that we will never get back. Her younger brothers try to cope with the sudden lost of their big sister; they had an extremely close bond. As her mother, I cannot fully understand the why: Why my baby? She didn’t bother anyone. Why?

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