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“It's goin on 5 yrs... I still haven't accepted the fact I will never see you again... I miss you soooo much ”
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Shy - New haven, CT - Friend

“May God continue to wrap his loving arms around your Mom & Dad, and your family and give them the comfort only he can give... Rest In Peace ”
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Marjorie Price - Cleveland, OH

“wow jus sittin here thinkin bout you still cant believe your gone some days are so hard for me, I miss you so much still asking why it hurt so bad...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: gregory baskin - bennettsville, SC

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARQUISE!! GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!! WE ALL STILL LOVE AND MISS YOU DEARLY!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALWAYS, R.I.P. MY FRIEND!! :-) ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: CHERIE - DARLINGTON, SC - FRIEND

“Think about u all the time and its very hurtful to the heart when all u got is memories. ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: nicole mendes - friend

“Nephew, just thinking bout the last time we were together. We were riding in the lincoln and blasting the music. Your mom was in the back seat...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: gregory baskin - bennettsville, SC

“Hey Coot, you are missed so very much!!!.. I love you so much.. I think of you every second.. I live in your room now.. I just can't leave, I feel...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Marvina Baskin - Hamden, CT

“I cannot say enough how much I miss my friend. To the entire family; may God bless you and keep you as time moves on. you will always be in my...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: anthony briggs - baltimore, MD

“Coot - thinking of you today as always. Missing you more than most days with your birthday coming up next week. Would give anything to see you one...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Tanya Baskin - MD - Aunt

“Marquise I thought of u today and even though I visit u often I still wish u were here..its unbelievable that your not here with us. Cidalia misses u...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Shaleta - New Haven, CT - friend

“Sorry to hear of his passing ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Friend

“Marquise you know you are deeply missed I still can't beleive it your gone . Its so hard to get over I think about you all the time can't keep the...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: nicole m. - new haven, CT

“Marquise I miss you more each and every day!!!! I know you are in heaven smiling down on us all. I cant until we meet again. Life is not the same...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Baskin-Trusty - Chesapeake, VA

“My loving nephew, I miss you so much!! You will never be forgotten, I think of you everyday. Rest in Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ”
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Gregory Baskin - Bennettsville, SC

“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Marquise and his parents at our Ketter Family reunion in Atlanta, GA back in 2008. It was a...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Chernae Ketter - Taylors, SC

“Brother my hope is that just like the individual who sat on one side of Christ just moments before his crucifixion is that you acknowledged Christ as...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Kenny Haynes - Brother in Christ

“my prayers are with you the baskins family, my god bless and keep you, under the blood of jesus for ever, love kelvin wilkins remerber out of the...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: kelvin wilkins - durham nc27713, NC

“Marvina and Jeff, I just wanted to tell you both again how much I love you both and cherish my boy Marquise. Please stay strong and love each other...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Trusty - Chesapeake, VA

“To Marvina and Jeff, I have found it very difficult to find words to express words of comfort to you. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of loss you...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Cox - New Haven, CT

“Marvina & Jeff, I'm so sorry for you loss. May God keep his arms around you at this difficult time. Rhonda Lyles Ferrebee ”
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Rhonda Lyles Ferrebee - Hamden, CT

“Marvina and Jeff... My prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Always remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Deborah Busch Wright - West Haven, CT

“I am stunned by the tragic news of your loss. My prayers are with the Baskin family. You have my deepest sympathy and brotherly love. EDDIE L. ESTES...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: EDDIE L. ESTES JR

“To the Family: Just today I was thinking about Tanya and wondered how she was doing. Until now, I did not know. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Alvic Ward - Hamden, CT

“To Jeff & Marvina: We will continue to pray for you daily. Know that the Lord is your Shepherd and the joy of the lord will be strength to you...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs Kenneth M. Mullings Jr. & Family

“Marvina,, my heart goes out to you and your husband . I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your precious son. May you both find comfort with...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Marie Sims(former co-worker/SNET)

“Jeff and Marvina, Rita and I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of your family on the greatest loss any parent(s...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Elmer and Rita Henderson - NC

“Marquise was a sweet and respectful young man. He will be missed by his family and friends. My prays go out to the Baskin family. The Benjamin...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Tarsha Cotton - hartsville, SC

“Marvina and Jeff, Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. ”
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Tanaya M. Walters

“GOOD FRIEND THAT KEPT IT REAL WITH ME NO MATTER WHAT. HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED ”
29 of 100+ | Posted by: MILTON BROOKS - FRIEND

“I just wanted to convey my deepest condolences to the Baskin family in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Jon Redmond - Hamden, CT

“my prayers and condolences go out to the Baskin family..i pray that God leads you through this hard time..R.I.P. Marquise ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Alexandria

“To the Baskin Family we share in your sorrow and grief and pray that you will find peace and comfort in the Lord.. The Keyes Family ”
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Keyes - Bloomfield, CT

“My prayers are with the Baskin family. I worked with Marquise at St. Raphaels & he was full of life. He would always say something to make you...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Nakeysha Nichols - Hamden, CT

“God bless u Marquise..and ur family! sad to see u go, remembering the last time I saw you we were guests at a baby shower,, and you were smiling as...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Theresa Barber - New Haven, CT

“I have never met Marquise but i kno your mother. Mr & Mrs Baskin I send you my condolences and i will keep you and your family in my prayers!!!! ”
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Shauntae

“There's a lily in the valley bright as the morning star....I truly believe the only thing that would make sense "right now" is having your precious...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: s. Roundtree

“our prayers are with you ”
37 of 100+ | Posted by: tracy files & tyrell files

“Goodbye Marquise! Marvina and Jeff, our thoughts and hearts are with you today. Be strong. ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Patrice and Christelle - Hamden, CT

“I don't know Marquise, but I know that he was and Is loved. Your son has left an imprint in many lives and will not be forgotten. I just wanted to...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Felecia F. - no relation

“My Deepest Sympathy To The Baskin Family ”
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Johnson - SRHS Employee

“MARQUISE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I MEMBER THE DAY WE MET LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. THAT DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET. I...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: shannon wright - west haven, CT

“I STILL CANT BEILEVE THAT YOUR NO LONGER WITH US . THIS PAIN IS SOMETHING ELSE I LOOKED AT YOU AS AN OLDER BROTHER YOU WATCHED ME GROW UP TOLD ME TO...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Pooh YP - Friend

“Marvina and Jeff, we are praying for your comfort. Trust in Him at all times...pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. PSALM 62:8 ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela and Marvin Johnson

“Marquise...'til we meet again..... you will be missed... ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Monique Caesar

“Marquise we love you and miss you. hope your in a better place. you were so smart and intellagent. sorry the streets had to take you. don't worry i...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: ShaynaB - New Haven, CT - Friend

“I DONT REALLY NO HIM BUT I NO HE IS A GOOD HARD WORKING PERSON. P.S FROM; ANNETTE CT ”
46 of 100+ | Posted by: ANNETTE - I WORED WITH HIM

“u will never be forgotten in my heart u will always be here i remember when we use to act up in coop in spanish class those were the days i am so...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: shantel lowey - new haven, CT

“Rip Marquise...We miss you already ”
48 of 100+ | Posted by: sherrilyn - Friend

“My condolences to your family. ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Teretha Brooks - New Haven, CT

“To Jeff, Marvina, and Family~ May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Sincerely, Rose and Andrea ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Rose Baskin / Andrea Lowe - TX

“I have many, many fond memories of Marquise as we were growing up together, so hard to choose just one. One thing that comes to mind ahead of...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Shatia "Tia" Moore - VA - friend

“May yu rest in peace Marquise... You are gone, but never to be forgotten.. God be with our family at this very difficult time.. ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Natasha Ortiz - friend

“Jeff and Marvina, I would like to send my condolences and prayers to you and your family. We know God always knows what's best. Keep your hand in...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Vanessa Smith (Arnold) - CT

“To the Baskin Family.... Please know that God has his arms around you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. ”
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Cassy Martin, St. Louis, MO

“Jeff, Marvina, and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Sabrina Darden

“To my brother in Art. You where such an amazing artist such a sweet and happy young man. Marquise it tears me apart to know that you are gone but the...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Leididiana - Norwalk, CT

“I want to send my deepest sympathy to Lt. Baskin and wife for the loss of their son Marquise.And my prayers and thoughts are with you during this...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: FF Edward Wynne - New Haven, CT

“Marvina & Jeff When We Share Each Others Burdens,We display God's Love & Care,Offering Relief And Comfort,When Death Seems To Much To Bear...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Veronica (Ronie)Brown

“Marvina and Jeff, My prayers go out to you . God really works in mysterious ways, we never know why. I pray you find comfort in God. Know that...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Terez Pitt - Hamden, CT - friend

“I'm simply at a loss for words... My sympathy and condolences go out to the entire family. ”
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Xan Walker

“May God keep and hold you and your family through this troubling time. God Bless & Keep you..... ”
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Laughlin

“he was a good kid and always making everyone laugh and always coming around and checking his friends.i always gave him advice and talk to him . i...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: kenneth thames(kt) - new haven, CT

“R.I.P!! God Bless you and your fam! ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Tee - West Hills Classmate

“my prayer is with you and your family and i know sometime we don't uunderstand why thing hppen but rember that god know best and god do not mke...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: willie & gracie glast - NY

“My Heart goes out to the family....I met Marquise 10 years ago. From the first day I met him he put a smile on my face. Him being the wonderful...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Arlette Kierce - New Haven CT, CT

“i willmiss you very much love nisha ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: donisha - new haven, CT - cusin

“My cndolences and heart goes out Marquises' family and friends. He was a very smart loving and caring person, very head stronge and creative younge...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenda Santos New Haven, CT.

“My cndolences and heart goes out Marquises' family and friends. He was a very smart loving and caring person, very head stronge and creative younge...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Gleda Santos

“My condolences goes out to the family. Sorry fo your lost. We lost a stronge young black man whose life was tooken away from us much to early ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol Hough

“To the Baskin Family, Our deepest sympathy during this time of your loss. May God help you through the days ahead. ”
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Danetta and Helen Grant and Family - CT

“It is with sincere sadness that I send this message of condolence to my friends for the loss of your son. Please call on me for any needs you may...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenda and Shaynise Rose and Family - CT

“I still can't believe the news. It's been years since I saw Marquise, but he never left my mind or my memory. We went through West Hills Elementary...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Aoife Spillane-Hinks - Classmate

“Marquise would come into the little store across from the co-op at the coner of Audubon & Orange where I worked at the time, He was always so...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Mitchell Williams Barbara Johnson.

“Marvina and Jeffrey I'm so sorry for what happened to Marquise. My prayers go out to the both of you. I knew Marquise ever since he was a new born...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Stine Bradley - New Haven, CT

“To the Baskin Family, In friendship, caring...and sympathy. May your memories of Marquise bring you Comfort! Blessed be the God and Father of our...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Carolyn Lofton Boykin - New Haven, CT

“Marquise you will be missed but never forgotten...I'm going to play pretty for you...and Marvina & Jeff my prayers are with you. I love you! Love...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Jasmine "Peaches" Sims - cousi

“Mr. and Mrs. Baskin, you have my deepest sympathy and condolences. It was a pleasure to have Marquise as a friend and he will be missed dearly. May...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Terry Garrett - New Haven, CT

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in your time of mourning ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela Boomer and Lenwood Smith - CT

“Marvina and Jeff, My prayers and love are with you. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to let me know. Just know that God...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathi Williams "Aunt Kathi" - CT

“Today I remember a boy with a heart so big that he won my heart. As a teacher there are those students you always remember in a special way. That is...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Fripp - New Haven, CT

“IM SO SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST AND HOPE THE BEST FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: niesh-rock - friend

“My deepest heart felt condolences to the Baskin Family for your loss. May God give you the strength you need to get through this awful tragedy as a...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracey Long

“Wow, I just don't want to believe my neighborhood kid is gone. I'm going to miss seeing you around here talking to my daughter and my neighbours next...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: sherrilyn - new haven, CT

“Dear, Marquise There is so much i could say to but iam going to keep it short and sweet . I Will never forget. the phone calls in the morning you...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronisha Kelley - New Haven, CT

“Mr. Mrs Baskin we would like to give you and your family our deepest sympathy during this time of pain and heart break that you have had to...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr. Alex Miller & Mrs. Kaprice Miller - CT

“My prayers goes out to the family of of Marquise. Marquise was truly a wonderful young man and I will always remember his smile. ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Shonda Haynes-Lee - friend

“It has been many years since I last saw him....but every so often when I'd come home to visit I'd see him. The days of West Hills are long gone...but...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Alicia Young - Philadelphia, PA

“my condolences are with your family, marquise was a good person im sorry for your loss. the greene family ”
88 of 100+ | Posted by: sharra greene - childhood friend

“Marvina & Jeff, I keep trying to put it in words and find it too difficult each and every time. You know that I loved him. You know that I love...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara Mincey-Daniels - Hamden, CT

“I can't believe that you are gone, but your in heaven now watching over us. I wish for the best for the Baskin Family and hope things go well for...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: taichi thomas - friend

“To Mrs. Marvina and Mr. Jeff, Marquise was a very dear friend. He will always have a place in my heart and I will miss seein his face around New...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Johnson - friend

“WORDS WILL NEVER DESCRIBE HOW MUCH HE WILL BE MISSED!! ”
92 of 100+ | Posted by: SHIMA,JAVON A.K.A. RED, AND JAILYNN

“I know things might seem hard and we ask why? but God is with us every step of the way. my heart goes out to the Baskin family. sometimes we say Why?...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: carol taylor-evans - friend

“May God Bless the Basking family. God is with you and your family every step of the way. God Bless The Baskin Family From Carol & Joel Evans ”
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol & Joel Evans - new haven, CT

“Marvina and Jeffrey I am so sorry for your loss . Hold on to God's unchanging hand. I will be praying for you. ”
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Joan Byrd ( dee- deez) - CT

“sorry for your loss!!! just know that he is with god and will always be there to watch over you!!!! ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: eric murphy

“Jeff and Marvina. There are no right words to say at this time. We can only imagine the grief that you and your family are experiencing. We can never...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Herschel and Andrea Wadley

“marvina and jeff i want to thank you guys for putting marquise in so many people lives especially mine and my family. i have so many memories with...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: quanisha grier and the grier family - CT

“Marquise was one of a kind. He had a sense of humor that could make any person smile. I have alot of fond memories of the times we spent together. I...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Cheri' Walker - Watertown, CT

“Jeff & Marvina, Lorraine & Charlie and family. We send our hearlfelt condolences on the loss of youson and grandson. You are in our prayers...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: The Hammie's - Monica, Catherine, Sheila, Carrie, & Freeman - CT


Marquise Leon Baskin was born on January 11, 1984. He was the loving son of Jeffrey and Marvina Baskin. Marquise was a loving young man, with a wonderful spirit. He attended West Hills Magnet School and graduated from Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School in 2002. Marquise also attended Gateway Community College where he studied and continued to pursue his passion for art. He was a very gifted and artistic young man, who won numerous awards for his artwork and creative gifts. Among his many accolades and achievements, Marquise was the winner of the Greater New Haven NAACP, Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (ACTSO). He was a gold medal winner for his work in the visual arts category and had the honor of representing the state of Connecticut in Houston, Texas at the national competition. On Monday June 21, 2010 our beloved son went on to join our heavenly Father. By all accounts, Marquise was a sparkling young man full of life and generosity, a joy to everyone he knew. While we may not understand why these things occur, we do understand that it is all in God’s plan. He cannot be replaced and he will never be forgotten. He was simply loved too deeply. Those left to cherish his loving memory are his parents, Jeffrey and Marvina Baskin of Hamden, CT. His paternal grandparents Florence and Charlie Baskin Jr. of Cheraw, SC. Three aunts: Lavonne Benjamin of Hamden, CT, Sharon Baskin-Trusty (Michael) of Chesapeake, VA, Tanya Baskin of Silver Spring, MD: Four uncles, Charles Benjamin of New Haven, CT, Alphonso Benjamin (Rosalee) of Hamden, CT, Gregory Baskin (Terra) of Bennettsville, SC, Kenneth (Clayton) Benjamin of Bridgeport, CT; Six cousins, Porscha Benjamin of New Haven, CT, Cameischa Benjamin of Hamden, CT, Taylor Baskin of Silver Spring, MD, Jasmine Baskin of Copperas Cove, TX, Kensia Benjamin of Atlanta, GA, Kobe Trusty of Chesapeake, VA. He also leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Martha Benjamin and his maternal aunt Deborah Benjamin.

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