VICTORIA, Texas - Rajolei Pickens, the man found dead outside a business patio Thursday afternoon, has left a legacy for art lovers in the Victoria community.
Newscenter 25’s Griselda Perez spoke to his surviving wife about the life he lived.
Better known as 'Raj", music, art, and love are all words many will remember him by- his family still in shock hopes the community joins them in healing.
In his most natural element, surrounded by instruments, he was a lover of music since the young age of 15. His wife Kim Pickens says he was a regular performer for various local businesses, and art was his lifestyle.
“He meant a lot to alot of people, and for him, art was everything, And he spent all of his time in the pursuit of art.” she adds.
Raj, a father, leaves behind 5 young sons, a family who is still waiting on more details of what exactly occured that Thursday afternoon. There is still no clear indication of a cause of death, as VPD continues to investigate.
“Its devastated our family, but I know we’ll get through it. You can’t ever fill that hole that someone leaves, he was my best friend, he was my other half, mostly the better half of me” says Pickens.
Family and friends will be organizing a celebration of life gathering this weekend where they hope any person who knew and loved Raj will join and to continue doing what he loved most-- playing music.
“It’s one of those things where you really do want to remind people, before you walk out the door say what you want to say because you don’t get a second chance sometimes..:” she says.
Raj's celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 24th at 7:30 PM at Deleon Plaza in downtown Victoria, one of his favorite places.
Kim, his wife asks anyone who was touched by his music, poetry, or life to stop by- bring a candle or a drum. He'll be remembered with music, as he'd wish.
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