Joseph Lavee Basey was born on November 26, 2000, in the city of Van Nuys, California to parents Tyreese Basey and Carolyn Wright Basey. Joseph's life was a testament to resilience and an enduring spirit. Joseph was preceded in death by his great granny (Rosetta Cox Norment) who loved him dearly.\n\nJoseph was entrusted into the care of Carlyn Braden-Allen and her husband Darryl Allen at the tender age of two, who assumed the roles of his guardians and custodians. From that moment, they dedicated their lives to healing and protecting his precious heart and mind. Joe Joe affectionately called received his education here in Los Angeles and attended the following Schools Barrett Elementary, Century Academy Middle School, Eagle Rock High, Executive Prep Academy, and graduated in June of 2018. He continued his education by going on to Humboldt University, Bakersfield JC, where he was not only receiving an education but also doing what he loved and that was loving and playing the game of basketball.\n\nAt a very young age Joe Joe was not dropped off to Church but brought to Church by his g-mama and great-granny where he would become involved in youth activities which included VBS, Youth Choir, and From Boys to Men Ministry here at Greater New St. Matthew MBC under the leadership of his great uncle Bishop Lovester Adams Sr. Pastor. In the year of July 17, 2016, Joseph accepted Jesus Christ into his life and was baptized on the 1st Sunday in August of 2016. Joe Joe was also a recipient in receiving a financial scholarship to assist him in furthering his education.\n\nAlthough, it became increasingly apparent that Joseph carried a burden far too weighty for anyone to bear alone.\n\nThough his life was cut short, Joseph leaves behind a legacy that transcends his years. His gentle soul and compassionate nature touched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. Despite his own struggles, he always found the strength to offer a comforting word, a warm smile, and a listening ear to those in need. Joseph's capacity for empathy was immeasurable, and his genuine kindness had the power to bring solace to troubled hearts.\n\nAs Joseph navigated life's tumultuous journey, he faced adversities that challenged his spirit. Yet, he persisted, and his unwavering determination was an inspiration to us all. He possessed a creative mind that soared through the realms of imagination, finding solace in basketball and music / rap. The best way to memorialize Joseph is to let the words he wrote in his application to Cal State Fresno speak for him:\n\nDear Cal State Fresno,\n\nMy name is Joseph Levee Basey and as the oldest boy of six siblings and the son of two parents who battled with multiple challenges most of my childhood; I learned very quickly that I would make it my obligation to set an example and motivate those coming after me. You see, where I’m from, graduating high school and getting a job is the best thing you could do for yourself. And although that may have been the narrative for the many that came before me, I can assure you that it won’t be mine.\n\nFor as long as I can remember, Cal State Fresno has had a great influence on my drive to excel in academics. I am fascinated with its business program and I believe that I am a great fit for the school. And with a degree in business from Cal State Fresno, I am completely certain that I will be a beacon of light not only for others who look like me and come from similar backgrounds but my siblings specifically. I am a huge factor in my sibling’s lives. And ever since the day my grandparents brought us together by taking us out of the foster care system, I’ve dedicated my life to showing them that anything is possible in life; even obtaining a college education and pursuing a career.\n\nIt has always been a dream of mine to pursue a career in in sports. Thus, I want to become a sports agent for professional athletes. In fact, my favorite sports agents, all of whom have graduated from Cal State Fresno. And they are Allen Huddleston, Courtney Alexander and Rafer Alston.\n\nAs you can see, I am passionate about sports and often think about how important it is to have a career that aligns directly with my passion.\n\nAlthough I have a lot to learn, I am proud of where I am and how far I have come given my circumstances. I am proud to have fought against all odds and persevered in spite of the many that I have encountered. Cal State Fresno and I would really like to embark on my journey to a successful career beginning here.\n\nYour truly, \nJoseph L. Basey\n\nAlthough Joseph's time among us was marked by struggles, it is important to remember the light he brought into our lives. His memory will forever remain in our hearts, a beacon of hope and an enduring reminder of the power of compassion. While our grief may be overwhelming, we take solace in knowing that Joseph is now free from the burdens that weighed him down and that he has found peace in the arms of eternity.\n\nJoseph Lavee Basey is survived by his devoted Grandparents: Carlyn Braden-Allen and Darryl Allen; Parents; Carolyn Wright Basey, Tyreese Basey, Siblings: Joy Basey, Love Basey, Joshua Basey, Justice Basey and Richae Robinson; Honorary Siblings: Trevon Kiner and Jermaine Kiner, and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends all who loved him unconditionally, who cherished him deeply and mourn his loss with heavy hearts.\n\nJoseph Lavee Basey, your time with us may have been far too short, but the impact you made will endure for eternity. May your spirit find eternal peace, and may we carry your memory in our hearts as we navigate the journey of life, forever grateful for the privilege of having you in our lives.\n\nRest in peace, dear Joseph.\n\n"With broken hearts, we mourn your loss, But in our memories, you'll never be lost. Your gentle soul, now free and light, Shall forever shine, a beacon bright."