Maurice Steve Gordon "Junior" 28, was born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Junior was the only boy in the family home surrounded by 5 female cousins, younger sister, mother & aunty. As a boy he was gentle, very inquisitive and mild natured. He was so curious and determined and asked lots of questions and did whatever he would set his mind to do.
During his school years Junior remained focused on what he wanted to achieve from his life and never went through that typical rebellious stage of creating mischief or getting into trouble. He excelled throughout high school and maintained top grades. Was a devout Christian and kept a strong hold on to his faith.
Junior left Jamaica in 2012 to be with with his father in Poughkeepsie, New York to begin a new a chapter in his life. At first he was hesitant about going but eventually he looked at it as a stepping stone and imagined the endless possibilities of moving to a land with greater opportunities - 'The American Dream' some call it.
Junior could not sit still for too long and almost as soon as he set foot on American soil, he was able to successfully secure a job so he could keep himself busy and be the self sufficient man he grew up to be.
He was a very confident young man and had so much energy, some people need a buzz to relax and enjoy themselves but it always just came naturally to him. He had this amazing positive energy that people could feed off of despite sometimes being an introvert.
Junior enrolled at Duchess Community College to study Chemist and Spanish, he was so thrilled as ultimately he wanted to be a Chemist and work within scientific research.
The college and his teachers describes him as "a standout student who could take advantage of research opportunities and who was looking forward to beginning the work next semester" They have said that "by all accounts, Maurice was a smart, eager to learn, well spoken, involved and affable young man who was destined for great things". Whilst studying he maintained a job driving for UberEats and found it to be a great way of working as he could arrange his hours to balance around studying
"On that fateful day of May 23rd 2020, our beloved Maurice Gordon Jr. was taken from us.
We can not come terms or get to grips with what has taken place, words just aren’t enough and does not describe our heartache completely. It is like a constant roller coaster that you can’t get off of with feelings of profound sadness, pain, regrets and confusion.
This day will continue to haunt us for the rest of our lives. It hurts to know that his life was taken so brutally by another human being - Sgt Randal Wetzell is responsible for his death. Our beloved Maurice was taken far too soon and the more we reflect on his life and just how badly he wanted to make something so wonderful of himself no matter the circumstances, the harder we mourn his death. We continue to pray and fight on behalf of Maurice"