On January 4, 2013, Mrs. Royce Eckley received the phone call any parent dreads. Her son, Marcus, was dead. She was told her son had comitted suicide. However, upon further investigation, all were lead to believe that this was not the case. Mrs. Eckley turned to all powers that be in Louisiana (where Marcus lived), and those calls were never returned. We want to help spread Marcus' story and just maybe someone listening can help.
Here are words from Mrs. Eckley regarding her son: "Marcus Anthony Merritt, Sr. was born May 25, 1975 and that was one of the happiest days of my life. He was my firstborn and only son. Growing up, he was a character, a real boy who enjoyed pretending he was a cowboy. I told him after he was grown that he truly turned into one because, he owned and loved riding his horses. When Marc was around, people tended to gravitate towards him, he made you feel at ease, laugh and genuinely welcome. He liked to cook out but, we knew if he was in charge of cooking IN, it was going to be hot dogs lol. Once Marc told me, " Momma, it couldn't have been easy for you being a woman to raise a man but, you did." That really made me feel good because, I did my best. He was truly loved by all who had the joy of knowing him and in turn we knew we were also loved. He was a wonderful Daddy who his kids adored. To be hugged by Marc was being hugged tightly and making you feel safe. I sure miss him and his hugs. I love him very, very much."
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