Rycheous Semaj McKinney

Rycheous McKinney Ticket Photo

Rycheous Semaj McKinney was born in Akron, Ohio on January 4, 2005. He came to Columbus, Ohio at the age of five years old. He was the Son of Lisa Gagliardi, Damek Butler and Omar McKinney. He attended Columbus City Schools in Elementary and Linden McKinley Middle School. He was a proud tiger at East High School.

He was an extremely outgoing person and love to prank his three little brothers and loved playing sports. He played little league football and basketball for Linden Eagles, Columbus War Ducks, Columbus Raiders and Columbus 101 under the leadership of coach Terry Fisher, Jr. Rycheous had just made the varsity basketball team at East High School. Rycheous impacted everyone with his loving and charming ways and his big “smile.” He was the oldest of the four boys whom shared an incredibly special bond.

Rycheous Semaj McKinney age 16 entered into eternal rest on Thursday November 4, 2021. Rycheous is preceded in death by his Grandparents; Lisa Ramseur, Alexander Gagliardi and Uncle; James Ramseur.

He leaves to cherish his memory Parents; Lisa Gagliardi, Damek Butler and Omar McKinney, Siblings; Emagen McKinney, Sirr McKinney, Demarcus Butler, Omar McKinney, Jr., Omariana McKinney and Kyashia Perry. Grandparents; Talmadge Macklin, Tommy Lee Taylor, Meka Tolliver Rita McKinney and Angela Malone. Aunts and Uncles; Jodeci Ramseur, Micheal Carter Denzel McKinney, Tre and Caleb Macklin, Dre Gray Richard, Garrett, TeRah Edwards, Tameerah and Jessica Macklin and Marcia Taylor. Cousins; Ajahi Evans, Malea and Mikael Carter, Jr. Kharon Saunders, special friend “Liyah”, and many more. And a special thank you to Mike Lanier of the Columbus Raiders and Coach Mike Bell of the East Hight Tigers. Rycheous will be greatly missed, and his memory cherished by all.


PUBLIC Visitation 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

PRIVATE FAMILY ONLY WITH TICKETS: Visitation 11:00 AM Funeral Service 12:00 PM Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Faith Tabernacle COGIC, 1783 E. 23rd Street.


Condolence Messages

  1. Debbie S Jefferson

    Gone to soon God you took him at a young age we can’t ask why but we can say please keep the family in your prayers. God please keep all those that are traveling grace. I remembered little cousin when you was born was always a joy to see that little face fly high little one God loves you and so do I
    Rest in paradise till we meet again.

  2. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God of comfort a refuge in your time of need. Truly sorry for your loss.

  3. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, bring you comfort as you grieve. Our family is praying for your strength and comfort, know that the Lord is with you and keeps you in His light through times of darkness.

  4. Thomas K. Ballentine

    I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. God Bless

  5. Praying for Gods peace and comfort fir the family during this time. Coach Tim Brown, FCA East High School Football Team Chaplin

  6. Linden Football Team

    Rest In Peace – condolences to all of Rycheous’s family, friends and the East Football Team. May you remember his contagious smile and bigger then life personality during these tough times.

  7. Forever 23

  8. Head Coach East High, Mike Bell

    Resolution of Comfort for the Family of
    Rycheous McKinney
    Since it has pleased Almighty God to take our beloved Rycheous on to his reward where he will join that great cloud of witnesses in the heavens. 
                Whereas, in the providence of God, God has brought to a close the earthly life of Rycheous McKinney, the student body of Columbus East High School and football teammates of the East High Tigers feel that it is befitting to express their sympathy to the family during the passing of this dearly beloved son, grandson, schoolmate , teammate and friend. There is now a hush in our hearts as we come together to pay our respects to the memory of one whose life was ended when he was called to join that innumerable heavenly caravan. According to God’s tender mercy, God, who is infinite in wisdom, has seen fit to move from our midst our beloved brother in Christ. 
                Be it Resolved, that we bow in humble submission to God who never makes a mistake and remind the family to be encouraged by remembering this pledge that Rycheous Recited and lived by.
    I Pledge To Be The Best Possible Me, No Matter
    How Good I Am I Know I Can Do Better.
    I Plan To Build On The Works Of Yesterday, Which
    Will Lead Me Into The Rewards Of Tomorrow.
    I Plan To Feed My Mind Knowledge, Body Strength,
    And Spirit Faith.
    I Plan To Reach New Goals, New Challenges, And
    New Horizons.
    I Plan To Listen To The Beat Of My Drummer Who
    Leads Me Onward In Search Of My Dreams.
    I Plan To Believe In Me

    #LiveYourLife#TheRycheousWay #withloveandpassion#Tiger4life
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be given to the family and a copy kept in the sports archives.
    Humbly Submitted on November 11, 2021.
    Mr. Micheal Bell, Head Football Coach

  9. I’m so sorry, I still can’t believe this. It is heartbreaking to say the least. Prayers go out to the family.

  10. i love you dawg forever screaming 23

  11. Jordan Caldwell and Family

    My family is sending you much love and our sincere sympathy and prayers for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family. ❤️❤️❤️

  12. I offer you my Sincerest and Deepest condolences to you and your family. Peace love and light forever. Energy is immortal.

  13. I want to send my condolences to My friend Lisa And the family in this time of matter I love you guys I will continue to pray for y’all I love you LL23 RYCHEOUS

  14. I love you Lisa and I’ll continue to lift you and your family in prayer See you later love

  15. My love and prayers for the Mother and Father and entire family of this talented young King may your spirit be a light throughout the universe.

  16. its never a day that your not on my mind, i’m forever keeping you alive in my heart, your name will never die i’ll never forget the memories we shared. i’ll never forget the laughs we shared the arguments the way we would not talk for months but always find a way to let each other know that our bond will never be broken, it’s so much more i need to say but i’ll tell your spirit. i just wanna hear you say “ i love you asia cuzz one more time “. i hope your happy where your at get your rest baby LONG LIVE 23

  17. Joyce McKinney-Cook

    Gone too soon, a dynamic young man, given to his loving family for just a little while. God had you in his care now.
    To the family…the legacy of your son will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew him. God bless you, know also that no words can erase the pain, but, God will see you through.

  18. Daphnie Lynn- Jefferson

    I offer you my Sincerest and Deepest condolences to you and your family


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