Marcus Justice Rascoe, 25, left this world as Wednesday, May 20, 2020, was beginning. As his people awoke and the word passed, the news of his death rocked our emotions like tectonic plates shifting at warp speed. We raged. Then, we began, as all must do, to care for our loved ones and to prepare to say goodbye.
The list of names of family who preceded Marcus in death include the two rocks of our family, his grandfathers, Martin Murphy and Rogers Rascoe Sr. Those who remain here to grieve Marcus’ passing are many; reaching across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.K., and here in the U.S. from the west coast of California to the east coast of New York and all in between.
Holding him forever in their hearts; his mother, Samantha Rascoe; father, Rogers Rascoe Jr.; brother, Rogers “Trey” Rascoe III, and his fiancée, Shanice Ullah; sisters, Ashley and Jazsmaine Rascoe; grandmothers, Nancy June Murphy and Gwendolyn Rascoe; and so many aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss him dearly. The rest of his family know who they are and what they meant to him. Marcus would say to us, “Love and respect, fam.” His true friends, his best friend, and his sweet baby girl, you know who you are. He loved you, too.
Marcus was love and fire, and, just like the sun, if you got too close for sure, for sure you were going to get burned. He waged war with his demons and had great faith in his God. He was kind, compassionate, and he loved hard. He was creative, mischievously funny with an infectious giggle, off the charts unique, intelligent, artistic and fierce. He lived out on the edges, skate boarding right off of many of them. He is gone too soon from us. He was too big for this world. He was, and now will forever be, young, wild and free. God bless him.
Marcus’ celebration of life will be held at noon, Friday, May 29, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach.
Come as you are. Flowers would be beautiful, but if you really want to show love, when the moment moves you, give a simple act of kindness to another human being in Marcus’ honor. He would love that. Bump his music too.
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