BROCKTON – Jeffrey Cullen is remembered by friends and family as a truly kind person with an ambitious heart who dreamed of someday being successful with music.
“My brother pursued music for three years. I remember he was a kid playing guitar on the steps,” said Joseph Cullen, Jeffery Cullen’s brother. “Jeff was the kind of person who took care of everyone. He was a genuine and generous person and music was his biggest dream.”
Cullen, 28, died Nov. 17 after crashing his vehicle into a parked U-Haul truck and a utility pole.
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Cullen’s friends and family gathered near 885 Center Street at the crash site last Thursday to light candles and pray.
As an artist, Jeffrey Cullen’s genre was rap and hip-hop and he used the stage name “The Rid3”. He released his first album, “Welcome To The Rid3”, on January 14, 2020.
“In The Deep End” was his last single released on major platforms on July 17 of this year.
Jeffrey Cullen’s YouTube channel has garnered over 11,000 views of his music videos and he has also sold hoodies with a life message attached to them.
“I designed this hoodie to symbolize the endless roller coaster we travel through life. However, through trials and tribulations our life journey has to offer,” the post with the merchandise read. “We must always stay true to ourselves because, in the end, a follower never becomes a leader. Don’t be afraid to be different. Embrace your uniqueness and never let a soul tell you otherwise. . “
Jeffrey Cullen worked vigorously to develop his talent and hoped one day to sign with a major record company, said Ariana Vieira, a friend of Cullen’s.
Vieira said she remembers Jeffrey Cullen as a fearless, strong-hearted friend who would help anyone he could.
A few months ago, Vieira saw him help a neighbor who was hit by a car on an all-terrain motorcycle on Center Street. Jeffrey Cullen called the police, wrapped the young boy’s leg in towels and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived, Vieira said.
“He’s the kind of person he was – genuine, loyal, outgoing and overall an honest and sweet person. I will miss my Aries twin, especially dating him,” Vieira said.
In addition to music and trying to save the world, Jeffrey Cullen has embarked on real estate investing with David Vincent. Together, the two had a group, comprising other investors, and traded properties for profit.
“My favorite memory of Jeff is that when a business proposal or a house came up, he would always do the math,” Vincent said. “He would pull out his calculator and add up the total profit. Once he was done calculating, he would let me know if it was on his end.”
Vincent respected how resourceful Jeffrey Cullen could be under pressure. If the investment group needed something at the last minute, they would deliver and find a way to get the job done, Vincent said.
“His laugh – I keep playing it back in my head. Jeff was going to be a big star. He was very talented,” said Vincent. “Sounds like he didn’t have a kid to leave behind, but if you look at him, he left his music and his hoodies. He’s his baby. It’s his legacy. His music. will live forever. “
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