Jemare Manns was 21 and ready for the challenge. fashionThe world is taking a turn for the better
While he played basketball and football while attending Franklin High School and Madison High School, the Northeast Portland-born entrepreneur was more interested in his true passion: basketball. fashion.
“You never really would see him not dressed, or even if he was dressed in a sweatsuit, the sweatsuit was probably something you probably hadn’t seen before,”Daezha Fisher (20 years old), was one of his childhood friends.
Manns played football at Southern Oregon University, but he left to start his own company. fashionFisher stated that Winners Island was the 2018 brand. The clothing line featured bright ski masks, neon shorts for bikes, and puffy jackets. Many were adorned with a palm tree logo.
Dwayne Bacon (a player in the NBA with the Orlando Magic) was photographed wearing one its red jackets. This was the brand’s first major break.
Fisher said Manns had planned business trips in New York City, Los Angeles, and was preparing for a redesign of the branding of his clothing line this summer.
This has never happened.
Manns was fatally shot May 9 at a house party in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood.
He was the 31st to die in this year’s record rash of homicides in Portland, most commonly from gun violence.
Three months later, JaMarie Herring Sr. a close friend of Herring’s, was also shot dead. Herring was shot and killed at an Old Town bar in early August 22.
Portland Homicides: The Gun has more information about the people who died and new details about the cases.
On social media, a photo of Manns with Herring was shared. It was turned into an illustration by someone who layered a halo over the letters. “RIP.”
In the absence of information from police following Manns’ death, Fisher wondered what could have led someone to shoot him.
She said she doesn’t know who fired the gun, but she believes whoever did likely knew Manns and was angered by his success.
After receiving reports of gunshots, police arrived at the house party just before noon. According to police, partygoers fled the scene while Manns was being treated by paramedics. He was shot in the head and died on the spot.
Police have not made any arrests, and they declined to answer any questions, citing ongoing investigations. Police in October stated that they didn’t have any additional information.
Manns’ community has since struggled to deal with his loss. Fisher said Manns had close friends and family who he considered his family. Fisher added that Manns’ siblings and parents were also grieving.
He referred to Fisher his “little sister.”They met when Manns was in seventh grade, while Fisher was in sixth.
Fisher stated that she was immediately attracted to his. “goofy”Personality. Manns enjoyed making people laugh, but also had a sharp focus even as a child.
Fisher stated that Fisher’s focus on this is what drove Fisher to create his clothing line. He hoped it would one day reach far beyond his hometown.
He named the brand after one of his primary principles: Always put others into a position to win.
“Jemare would always put everyone before himself. Didn’t really matter the situation,”Fisher said. “He just wanted everybody around him to pursue what they actually wanted to do. And if he could help in any way, he would.”
— Catalina Gaitán; @catalinagaitan_