30-year-old Demarkis Stansberry believed that he served God through his music. He performed on stage locally, rapping under the name “Righzous.”
Demarkis was shy and quiet, but lit up in the studio around his musical equipment. He carried a notebook around with him to jot down lyrics. He also kept drawings: detailed renderings of R&B singer Aaliyah, 3-D flowers and anime characters. He also painted T-shirts and designed logos for record labels and entertainment companies he hoped to own in the future.
Demarkis always wore a hat, along with jeans and a button down. He worked at a Taco Bell, but his passion was hearty Italian food — especially pasta and meatballs — which he learned to cook himself by watching Food Network.
Demarkis was shy, but lit up around friends. He often teased loved ones by giving them nicknames. He would tell his friends, “My goal is to get on your nerves at least once a day.”
Demarkis was shot in the head by a friend’s brother on Feb. 27. The shooter turned himself in to police, saying he thought the weapon was empty at the time.