In Memory of Tyrick Rakim Smith-Carter

Tyrick Rakim Smith-Carter was born on September 3, 1992 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Tyrick departed this life on June 23, 2020.

He entered the public-school system after moving to Brooklyn, New York where he attended IS 364, after graduating Tyrick attended Clara Barton High School where he received his High School Diploma. Tyrick was determined and motivated to continue his education, so he enrolled in Kingsborough Community College where he received his Associate in Arts Degree. Tyrick was enthusiastic, driven and on a mission, so he took his education even further, he enrolled in John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree and a  Master of Public Administration. Tyrick was the first one in the family to graduate from college, he also attended the NYS Chaplin Task Force, State of NY, where he received the Ministerial Title of Chaplin.

Tyrick dedicated his life to GOD; he became a member of Progressive Baptist Church under the leadership of Deacon Jule Patterson; he was baptized on June 9, 2019 with his mother Geneva Smith. Tyrick’s favorite book in the Bible was The Book of Job.

Tyrick started his career with the NYC Public School System. He worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at Middle School 358 in Queens, NY. Tyrick was known as Mr. T to his students and his co-workers; the amount of love that they showed for Tyrick was astonishing and heartfelt, they had nothing but positive things to say about him. Tyrick was a leader a role model and he impacted their lives in a beautiful positive way… to know Tyrick was to love him. He also worked for Starrett City Judo Club where he taught 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The students loved him, they called him Sensei Tyrick which put a huge smile on his face; he loved his students just as much as they loved him. Tyrick was kind, respectful and very humble, he gave off positive energy to everyone he came in contact with. He had a Heart of Gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Tyrick had an abundance of ideas, dreams, and visions, he wanted to help create programs for youth and adults in the correctional system. On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 GOD called him home.

Tyrick was a scholar, mentor a motivator and a teacher; he was a faithful son, a protective brother, a fantastic uncle and an amazing friend. He was an all-around awesome human being. We all loved you Tyrick, but GOD loved you best. You will be missed more than words can express. Heaven was missing an Angel.