Funeral services have been set for Samuel “Potcovah” Shields, aspiring reggae artist, who died June 17 after being detained and beaten at the Prince Georges County Maryland police department.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Greater Tried Stone Baptist Church, 1363 Otis Pl. N.W., Washington, DC 20010.
The widow, Mrs. Regina Shields, has indicated that while services will continue as scheduled, her late husband may not be buried immediately following the funeral. She is working diligently to raise the necessary funds to pay for his burial plot. As a Federal investigation is sought by the family attorney, Billy Ponds, Mrs. Shields also noted that “Crime victim [Office for Victims of Crime] is still waiting for information.”
An ironic twist to this sad story of Shields’ loss of life over a $2 Metro fare is the fact that he was employed in 2011 for the “Metro Access under Challenger Transportation helping people, something he was very good at until he became disabled”, Mrs. Shields added.
Recalling how they first met prior to a 3 year marriage, she relates,
I met Potcovah holding the door open for me at The Ingleside Nursing Home. I was going to apply for a job.
Speaking to the kind of person he was, she remembers,
Potcovah was a very fun loving man. He just had a humbleness about him I've never seen in my whole entire life, always smiled, loved his music and boy could he write music fast and he had a strong vocal that would make you listen when he rap. Potcovah loved his family and friends more than his [sic] self and he loved picking up the phone showing love all day lol. I love and miss my best friend, my husband RIP I love you.
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