Back in January, friends, and family of the bison community took to social media to talk about reports of Robert Lawrence, a recent Howard University graduate, who was missing. Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria had put a notice of him and he was last seen Wednesday, Jan. 3, leaving his Main Street home at 7 p.m., according to the NYPD. The 2012 graduate was said to have been working as a front desk administrator for VOICE Charter School in Long Island City before he went missing, according to multiple Facebook users who shared his missing poster.

In another public Facebook post, Nancy Rodriguez called Lawrence “a great sweet man with a great smile and personality.”

This is a tweet from the university below.

Today, those same students and alumni are mourning his death receiving notice from his mother, Keisha Lawrence.

Rob is a loving son and brother and he was enthusiastic about life, charismatic, kind and creative. He is funny too.

He is my only son and this is such a traumatic and devastating loss.  In lieu of receiving flowers we have set up this memorial fundraiser.  Rob did not like flowers and he would go out of his way to give me any gift except flowers to say thank you or I love. The funds we are raising will be used to defray the cost of the memorial services and to make a donation towards suicide prevention. 

We appreciate your offerings as soon as possible.

Thank you for all of your love and support during this difficult time. 

Keisha Lawrence, Mom

Here is how you can Donate and help in his Honor.


  1. My heart is heavy. I knew Robbie when he was in his mother’s belly. He had a smile that would light up a room, He was a kind and warm soul. Such a devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his mother who has been a dear friend of mine for many years. May Robbie rest in peace.

  2. I probably saw him once or twice when I picked up my brother from school. He was such a nice person, the type of person that will smile at you and will show you he cares! This notice is extremely sad, for our community. Our prayers for his family.

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