January 21, 2001
April 15, 2021

Jose Ricardo Ellis Reedy


His ability to surround and include the underdog.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jose Ricardo Ellis Reedy died April 15, 2021, from fentanyl poisoning. He was just 20 years old, a vibrant young man whose life was tragically cut short. Born on January 21, 2001, in Minneapolis, MN, Jose’s spirit was as lively as the city he called home.

Jose’s life was marked by his kindness, caring nature, and his love for life. He graduated from high school in June 2020, a remarkable feat during the challenging times of the pandemic. With dreams of getting his first apartment, starting a job, and enrolling in school for Auto Body/Auto Mechanics, Jose was on the brink of a new and exciting chapter.

He lived life with an exuberance that was contagious. Jose loved traveling, playing basketball, making music, and spending cherished moments with family and friends. His presence was magnetic, and his smile, ever-present. Whether he was shooting hoops or enjoying a day at the lake, Jose’s joy for life was palpable. His hugs were known to be heartfelt and comforting, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he embraced.

Jose poisoned by a pure fentanyl pill, his dreams and aspirations extinguished in an instant. In the wake of this tragedy, his family is committed to being his voice, working tirelessly to prevent other families from experiencing such heartache. Jose’s memory fuels their resolve to raise awareness about the dangers of substance use and to fight for a world where no other family has to endure this unimaginable pain.

Jose’s legacy lives on in the love he shared and the lives he touched. Though his time was far too brief, his impact remains. He will be remembered as a champion for the underdog, a bright light in his community, and a beloved son, friend, and brother. His story is a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.


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