Standing before you today to farewell our son, brother, nephew, cousin Jamal is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Words cannot describe the sorrow and loss that we are feeling, but I will try.
Jamal was a kind, loving and respectful person. There are many of us here today that have shared endless memories with him and we can’t mention them all. One thing about Jamal he will make sure you remembered him. He was always willing to help others and made sure everyone around him was good.
He was born in Worcester MA on April 14, 1995 and was the son to Wilhelmina (Julue) Pierre and Mohamad Mustapha.
He attended Seven Hills Charter School and graduated in 2013. He later attended Doherty Memorial High School, where he continued his passion for basketball and served as the team’s Capitan. Jamal matriculated to Worcester State University, where he earned the nickname “Lucky lefty” on the courts. Jamal also obtained a bachelor in Economics from Worcester State University in 2018.
As Jamal grew up, we could see the man that he would become - strong, steadfast and assured. He was always looking for ways to better himself and the life of his son, and loved playing sports. Every afternoon after school, he can be found at the courts on Mt. Vernon St. playing ball with his cousins. His love for the sport carried through his short life, when he became captain of the high school basketball team, and we were so proud. He was always competitive, but humble. It was such an endearing quality.
Jamal loved spending time with his son, everywhere he went, Kyrie was right there. As a young man he was interested in stocks and day trading. His business mindset was beyond his years. As a financial Analyst with Mogul Management, he has worked on credit repair and financial education for many of his friends and family. It was those conversations that we will never forget. We watched Jamal grow into a young man, a young man with so much enthusiasm and with so many plans for the future.
Recently, all he talked about was building his own business. He was focused on building a future for his son. Jamal was a gentle soul, unwavering in his patience, and with a real desire to help others. Outside of basketball, Jamal dedicated his time, energy, and effort to become the best version of himself for those around him.
Jamal was adored by his friends and family and it is testament to him how many of you are here today to bid him farewell. Not only was he a loving son and brother, he was a kind and giving friend. He possessed something that people wanted to be around. Without him here, things will not be the same. I’m grateful for all my memories and every moment we shared. You confided your hopes and dreams in us and we encouraged you along the way.
Jamal we will miss sending and receiving your texts, your hugs, and calls. We will miss that big warm smile that lights up any room. This pain is unbearable now and we pray that with time it gets easier. You have left a void that can never be filled.
Our physical time with you is over now. So, Jamal, put those hands that we held for 27 years, in God’s hand until we can hold you again. Thank you for the memories and we will hold on to them to make this grieving process easier.
And tell God, Thank you for us. And tell him how grateful, lucky and privileged I feel that he chose me to be your brother and I hope I made him proud. And I will help guide those who you left behind until we are called up to be with you.
Your main goal was to be the best role model for Kyrie, just know that I will do my best for Kyrie and he will always be good.
Jamal leaves behind his family including his Mother Wilhemina, Father Patrick, Sister Ayisha, Brother Patson, his son Kyrie, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. To have lost Jamal is heartbreaking, it has come as such a shock to us all. His life was far too brief but we will learn to cope.
Our family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given their support, compassion and love throughout this very difficult time. I know in my heart that he would not want us to grieving for too long. Rather, Jamal would want us all to remember the good times we all shared with him.
Goodbye, Jamal. You will live in our hearts forever.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jamal's life with Funeral Services at Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street in Worcester on Friday, August 26th from 10AM-12PM. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.