In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Brandon Rodrigues Graves, who disappeared after a night on the town in Sumter, South Carolina on January 30, 2010.
Brandon, 24, seems to have had it together: he had gotten a college degree, he’d never been in trouble with the law, and he didn’t use drugs or associate with drug dealers.
The night of his disappearance, however, he got so drunk that he got thrown out of a nightclub and subsequently left unintelligible voice mails on two people’s phones, probably wanting a ride. Whether he found one, no one seems to know, but those two messages were the last time anyone heard from him.
As recently as last January, on the seven-year anniversary of Brandon’s disappearance, his family appealed for information and had a balloon release for him. They’ve founded a college scholarship in his memory as well.