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Byroneshia Speed


Feb 11, 2003


June 30, 2023


In Memoriam

Byroneshia's life was cut short by gun violence. We are deeply worried about the current state of our youngsters. In New Orleans, but also beyond. There is no simple solution, but doing nothing is also not an option.

Guns kill. Gun violence has ended too many young lives. This needs to stop.

If you want to make a contribution, please consider donating to an antiā€‘gun organization. There are several good groups out there, we have chosen just one. We ask you to make out your donation in honor of Byroneshia Speed.


Byroneshia Speed passed away on June 30, 2023 at the age of 20. She was born in New Orleans on February 11, 2003 to Debra Patterson and Aaron McNeil Sr. She spent most of her school years at Morris Jeff Community School where she was loved by the staff, her teachers and classmates. She later went to Booker T. Washington High School and The NET High School.

She is survived by her mother, Debra (Gerald) Patterson, father, Aaron McNeil, Sr., stepmother, Bente van der Made, siblings Ciara McNeil, Roy, Willie, Shermaine, Roscoe, Erin and Aaroneshia Patterson, Oliska and Aaron McNeil Jr., Reginald Patterson, her partner Naya Lewis, her grandmother Irma (Wayne) McNeil and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Byroneshia was proceeded in death by her grandparents Beatrice Patterson, Willis Butler, and David McNeil, Sr., three uncles, Joe and Don Patterson, and Darryl McNeil.

The funeral took place on Thursday July 13, 2023 at Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home, New Orleans. Byroneshia is buried at St. Louis Cemetery #3, New Orleans.


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