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Ricardo Munoz

Died: September 13, 2020 Black Lives Matter
On September 13, 2020, while responding to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance regarding a mental health issue involving a person with a knife, a Lancaster City Bureau of Police (Pennsylvania) officer shot and killed Ricardo Munoz (1993–2020). Following the shooting, in the town of Lancaster,... Read more...

Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis

Died: August 7, 2020 Black Lives Matter
On August 7, 2020, in Screven County, Georgia, while pursuing Julian Edward Roosevelt Thompson (1960–2020) for a traffic offense (some sources say a burned-out tail light), Georgia State Patrol trooper Jacob Gordon Thompson shot Julian in the face as he sat in his car in a ditch, killing him... Read more...

Rayshard Brooks

Died: June 12, 2020 Black Lives Matter
On the evening of June 12, 2020, an Atlanta police officer, Garrett Rolfe, shot to death Rayshard Brooks (1993–2020) in a Wendy's fast-food restaurant parking lot. Rayshard had fallen asleep in his car, which was parked in the drive-through lane at the restaurant, so restaurant employees called the... Read more...

Margaret Ann Holloway, The Shakespeare Lady

Died: May 30, 2020 COVID-19
On May 30, 2020, Margaret Ann Holloway (1951–2020), known in New Haven, Connecticut, as the " Shakespeare Lady ," died from COVID-19 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Born to a minister and his wife in Albany, Georgia, she won a scholarship to study at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill,... Read more...

George Floyd

Died: May 25, 2020 Black Lives Matter
On May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin, a police officer on the Minneapolis, Minnesota police force pressed his knee against the neck of handcuffed George Floyd (1973–2020) for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, keeping him pinned to the ground while George repeatedly said, "I can't breathe." The... Read more...

Troy Sneed

Died: April 28, 2020 COVID-19
On April 28, 2020, Troy Sneed (1968–2020), a GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer, died in Jacksonville, Florida, from complications related to COVID-19. Born in Perry, Florida, Troy majored in education and minored in music at Florida A&M University, where he was minister of music for the gospel... Read more...

Fred the Godson, Frederick Thomas

Died: April 23, 2020 COVID-19
On April 23, 2020, rapper and hip hop artist Fred the Godson (1985–2020) died in a New York City hospital from complications of COVID-19. He was 35 years old. Born Frederick Thomas in the South Bronx, New York, Fred the Godson broke into the music world in 2010 with Armageddon , a mixtape. Although... Read more...

Charles Gregory Ross

Died: April 8, 2020 COVID-19
Charles Gregory Ross (19??–2020), a renowned hairstylist in the film and television industries, died on April 8, 2020, from COVID-19, just two weeks after he tested positive for the coronavirus. He worked on films such as Remember the Titans (2000) and Drumline (2002), the musical drama Idlewild (... Read more...

Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr.

Died: April 1, 2020 COVID-19
Jazz pianist and educator Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. (1934–2020) was one of five talented musicians in the New Orleans, Louisiana Marsalis family—the others are his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason. Born in New Orleans, Ellis, as a young eleven-year-old, began his music studies at Xavier... Read more...

Jenny Polanco, Jenny Altagracia Polanco de Léon

Died: March 24, 2020 COVID-19
On March 24, 2020, internationally acclaimed fashion designer Jenny Polanco (1958–2020), born Jenny Altagracia Polanco de Léon , died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from complications of COVID-19. The mother of a son and daughter was closely connected to the United States, having studied at... Read more...

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