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Temiki Marquis Murray (KEIKEI) was born in Fort Hood, TX, at Darnell Army Hospital on December 16, 1977, to Jarvis and Carolyn Murray. He departed this life on November 10, 2022, en route to Inova Fairfax Hospital from a cardiac arrest. KEIKEI, as he was affectionally known, was the third child in a household of four children. He was a ray of bright sunshine in times of hope, for a family that loved him more than he realized. His love for all was infectious. He always saw the good in everyone he met and interacted with. He loved, lived, and played hard at life.
His family and friends meant more to him than life itself, and he tried to show his love by keeping in touch with everyone. Wanting to always remind us, he never left a conversation without saying “I love you man!”
He lived a resilient life. Constantly moving in different circles, he never truly strayed from his life teaching as a military Brat, something he and his siblings were very proud to represent. While grappling to get on his feet in life, he never tried to drag anyone with him. Instead, he always gave his peers and kids he mentored, sage advice on doing things the right way, even when he might not be doing it for himself.
Temiki graduated from Mannheim High School in Mannheim, Germany...Class of ’96. His passion was basketball, and he was known as one of the best in DoDDS during his time in Europe. He was an excellent basketball player and was offered a few D1 scholarships . Before his tour in Mannheim, Germany, he attended and honed his craft at Spirit Creek Middle School, Hephzibah, GA, the Academy of Richmond County High School, Augusta, GA, and Reagan High School, Austin, TX.
As an Army brat who traveled the world with his family, he found pleasure in letting you know he always had a solid foundation based on lessons his dad instilled in him. After graduation, returned to the states with his family to start his new journey in Springfield, VA. He attended Northern Virginia Community College, where he studied Psychology. Always the jokester, he would always tell people he could read what was on their minds. He was truly one of a kind and kept us laughing. Never being one scared to work, TEMIKI held various jobs. The family would lovingly knick-name him “Tommy from the Martin Lawrence show” and constantly ask him “where are you working now?” Temiki adored his family and his friends, always trying to make us laugh with his corny jokes and voice overs.
Temiki enjoyed watching sports in his downtime; especially basketball, with Kobi Bryant being his ideal on the court. TEMIKI had the biggest heart of anyone we knew. If he had 20 dollars and you needed 15, you could rest assured he was going to make sure you were ok. Wherever he would visit, he was coming to see the people he loved so dearly. His biggest fear in life was disappointing his family; however, he always knew he had the support from his family and dearest friends to lift him. Temiki “Kei-Kei” Murray will be truly missed!!!
He was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother Ermia J Shephard (April 2020) and his grandfather Charles R Shephard (February 2021), and his aunt Natalie Woods-McCarrell (October 2021).
TEMIKI is survived by his parents, Jarvis and Carolyn Murray; two sons, Quentin Walters and Jalen Berryman of Woodbridge, VA; brothers, Marcus (Connie) Murray and H. Dewayne Murray of Houston, TX; sister, Mackenzie A. Murray of Dallas, TX. A host of friends and his beloved Nolan family, whom he thought the world of. He would always tell us God is working on me, and I see things differently now. Between a person on this earth and their relationship with God, they know what God has in store for them. He knew that God was there with him every step of his journey. At 44 years old, God called him home so he could rest peacefully.