Carl V. Bragg III, 8/10/1998 – 1/25/2015, a Kalamazoo resident and Loy Norrix junior took his own life at age 16 on January 25, 2015. He was born August 10, 1998 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fifth child of his mother, on Charlene Sander’s side, and his father is Carl Bragg II.
According to Carl Bragg’s girlfriend, Lashenik Webb, she’s expecting his child on August 11, 2015, one day after Carl Bragg’s birthday.
Carl Bragg’s funeral was held at Galilee Baptist Church on February 4, 2015. Approximately 100 people attended his funeral including some Loy Norrix staff such as Danetta Blake and the former principal of Loy Norrix, Johnny Edwards.
According to Lashenik Webb, Carl Bragg loved to rap, dance, and play basketball. He eventually wanted move to Lansing and his best friend, Seth Larthridge.
“He was a great guy and overprotective of the people he loved. He was an amazing guy,” Lashenik Webb said.
Carl Bragg’s best friend was Loy Norrix junior Seth Larthridge, he has numerous memories of hanging out with together.
“He was like family because I would help out at his grandma’s house all the time. He was cool, we kicked it everyday. He was like my brother,” said Seth.
Loy Norrix spanish teacher Ms. Holmes honors Carl Bragg by saving a memorial spot in her classroom with a photo of Carl. Ms. Holmes only knew him for three weeks when he attended her Spanish 1A class and he had already made an impact on her.
“He was the joy in the classroom. He’s the one that made the classroom light and joyful. When he wasn’t there, you could tell because the atmosphere was different. If you didn’t get the chance to meet him, I know that he would have been a positive aspect in your life,” Holmes said.