Courtesy of Patrick Austin

My brother Richard Austin died this year after being infected with COVID-19. A Google search on his name would reveal several things about him. Richard’s picture as well as personal bio can be found on SILive.com.

My brother Richard was a good man who always wanted the best for others. My brother taught me how to read, write, ride a bike, play the drums, as well as many other things. He had a good heart, and it truly hurts knowing that he’s gone forever.

He will not be able to welcome me home when I am finally released after spending more than three decades in this place. Richard was in the National Guard, and he was a traffic enforcement agent in New York City since 1985.

May he rest in peace.

 
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Patrick Austin

Patrick Austin is a writer incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York. He is originally from Harlem.