LITTLEROCK — Robert Laroy Fuller Jr. enjoyed eating food and playing video games, his sister Angel Magee said at his funeral service Tuesday afternoon at Living Stone Cathedral of Worship.
“Robert was only three years younger than me, but Robert was definitely my first baby,” Magee said. “I loved that little boy with all my heart.”
She said Fuller was a positive person.
“You never seen him down,” Magee said. “He was always loving, helpful. He was just a man. He was the one to count on.”
If she needed something or just wanted to see her brother, she said all she had to do was bribe him with food.
“He would come around,” Magee said.
She said Fuller was great at everything.
“The only thing he was bad at was driving,” Magee said. “Taking him on his driving lessons, woo, my soul left my body a couple times. But, when we took him to the DMV to take his driving test he passed it on the first try.”
Fuller was born to Terri Veronica Fuller and Robert Laroy Fuller Sr. on Jan. 26, 1996. He was the youngest of five siblings — Magee, James Coppage, Dominique Winn and Diamond Alexander. He spent most of his life in the Antelope Valley.
The family lost their mother in 2004 when Robert was eight. He and Magee entered the foster care system three years later. Fuller attended Tierra Bonita Elementary School, Amargosa Creek Middle School, Eastside High School and Opportunities for Learning. He graduated in 2016 and wanted to attend school for fashion or graphic design.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a passerby found Fuller’s body hanging from a tree in Poncitlán Square, across from Palmdale City Hall, at around 3:39 a.m. on June 10. Authorities initially ruled his death a suicide, but his family stated emphatically that he was not suicidal. His death is still under investigation.
Fuller’s death prompted massive protests across the city as the nation has been wrestling with a racial climate nestled in the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.; Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.; and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga.
The service included a Celebration of Life video montage of Fuller.
Attorney Jamon Hicks provided a tribute to him. Hicks said the Black Lives Matter movement is about demanding fairness, equality and respect.
He recalled the parable of the lost sheep. A shepherd with 100 sheep leaves to find the one that wandered away. The 99 sheep wonder why the shepherd would leave them for one.
“The shepherd realizes something,” Hicks said. “That one is in trouble, and if that one is in trouble, we have a duty. We have an obligation; we have a responsibility to take care of that one. That’s what the Black Lives Matter means.”
Bishop Henry Hearns offered a prayer of comfort for Fuller’s family.
“God I ask you to give them joy today, even joy that they didn’t know that existed,” he said. “We don’t understand all of this and why it happened, how it happened. At least I don’t, but I know that you know and there’s nobody that gets past you.”
Chad Bellows first met Fuller, his friend, in the sixth grade.
“He didn’t talk much, but two days after, he started talking a lot,” Bellows recalled.
The intervening years were a crazy journey.
“He was a courageous dude,” Bellows said. “He was a natural creative. Confident dude, positive dude. Light up the room with his smile.”
He said he misses his friend.
“I just hope his journey to the next world is a smooth one,” Bellows said.
Friend Victor Adeyokunnu said Fuller was a brother to him. He even lived with him at one point.
”If you got to know him, you would realize how much of a positive dude he is,” Adeyokunnu said.
He said he and Fuller were close, and that Fuller would encourage him when he was down or had a problem.
“He would tell me, ‘Take it like a bull; you’re good; you’re going to be straight,” Adeyokunnu said. “He’s always been there to have my back. Just knowing he’s gone, it’s not right. This is a pain that ain’t ever going to heal.”
Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church officiated the service. He also delivered the eulogy and spoke of the Crucifixion.
“We’re going to turn the spotlight on this injustice,” Ulmer said.
Clippers star Paul George, who was born and raised in Palmdale, helped the family by paying for Fuller’s funeral services. George attended Knight High School and his family still resides on the east side of Palmdale.