Our annual Washington to Washington trips are dedicated to the memory of Emmanuel Durant, Jr., a dear friend and loved one who died heroically on December 31, 2009, defending his brother, sister and nephews during a robbery.

Emmanuel was born on January 14, 1990. He grew up in Washington, D.C., worked part-time for the Parks Department, and graduated in June, 2009 from Roosevelt High School. He was a loving son, brother, and uncle who often spent his free time playing with the younger kids in his neighborhood. He liked to play basketball, hang out with his friends, and take his girlfriend out to dinner and the movies. A music aficionado, Emmanuel managed a couple of D.C. go-go bands. He had just begun his training to become a Hyattsville, Maryland firefighter when he was killed. His funeral was on January 14, 2010, which would have been his 20th birthday.

For more about Emmanuel and the origins of Washington II Washington, please see the About page or this Washington Post article from January 8, 2010.

Here’s a short memorial video we put together to share with friends and family at Emmanuel’s funeral; it includes video clips of Emmanuel from 1999 and 2009: