Xavier, often called “Zay” by his loved ones was born on September 11th, 2004 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to his parents Selomun Woldeab and Waneida Gillen. He was raised in Grand Rapids, but he spent time in Las Vegas, Nevada visiting his grandparents and the rest of his family.
As a child Xavier was very energetic, but yet quiet. He loved to have fun with his dad. He found happiness in playing video games, going to amusement parks and fun centers with family and friends. As Xavier grew older, he began to find a love for music. He was very passionate about his craft. Music was his outlet; it was very personal and held meaning to his life. You could often find him freestyling anywhere he was over a beat he found on YouTube. He loved getting feedback on his music he posted on YouTube and Soundcloud. Although, music was his first passion he loved dancing. He also taught local youth to play the drums at New City Kids. Xavier enjoyed attending Boys and Girls club, Three Mile project, and YMCA to socialize and have fun. He would always spend weekends at his uncle Steve’s and do yardwork to make extra money.
Xavier had a very beautiful spirit. He was very happy and full of life. He had a smile and laughthat could brighten any room he entered. He was very much a people’s person and wanted to help wherever he could. He was very intelligent and articulate, asked many questions and was an independent seeker of knowledge. Xavier was also very intrigued by his Eritrean culture. He was eager to gain more knowledge of his ethnicity and to learn his home language Tigrinya. Hemade sure to end his nights saying “Dehan Hideru” and called his grandma “Abayay”.
On Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, Xavier Selomun Woldeab, son, grandson, nephew, and cousin earned his angel wings suddenly at the age of 15 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Selomun Woldeab and Waneida Gillen with open arms. Xavier is survived by his grandparents Neguse Woldeab & Wozenet Tewolde, Nana Elaine Duke, great grandparents Willie Duke & Doretha Duke, his aunt Adiam Woldeab, uncle Estifanos and Sherri Woldeab andgodfather Bsrat Fremichael. Xavier “Zay” Woldeab will be dearly missed and foreverremembered by his many loved ones.
“I want us to all remember that when you lose someone you love; you gain an angel you know”
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