Abran Javier Velazquez, 19, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at his place of residence.
Abran was born July 19, 2003 in Andrews AFB, MD to Air Force Veterans Jaime Velazquez Jr.and Frances M. Castillo. Abran’s travels would take him from Andrews AFB, to Valdosta, GA, to Austin, TX, to Severn, MD, and finally Newport News, VA where he would graduate from Menchville High School as part of the Class of 2021.
Abran was born a healthy baby boy and grew up spending most of his younger years attending church under the Assembly of God Ministries. While attending a Christian concert with the York Assembly youth group, Abran became very ill. Upon his return home, his family would discover that Abran was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11 in the early part of 2015. This diagnosis would prove to be the most challenging part of his life. Abran was an awesome young man! He was hilarious, insightful, compassionate, and strongminded! He was a young man that knew what he liked and was not afraid to show it. He had a great love for Star Wars and could dissect every part of all the films! He loved collecting Funko Pops most of which reflected his greatest likes such as Star Wars and DragonBall Z. He loved to hunt, fish, and ride ATVs. He was a great artist and drew many of his favorite characters. He loved to play video games and chat online with friends. He aspired to be a chef and spent time perfecting his favorite recipes like chicken alfredo, chicken pot pie, and Japanese katsu. Abran graduated from a culinary class and was voted most improved in his class. He was fond of the Japanese culture and inspired by traditional dishes. He loved watching movies and being able to discuss his favorite scenes and scripts. Abran was very aware of politics and followed updates to which he loved sharing his opinion of. He was proud the day he got to vote at the age of 18. But most importantly, Abran loved his family! He embraced his Texas family roots and displayed them proudly! Anything that would resemble the Texas family lifestyle, he held on to dearly and closely.
Abran is preceded in death by his Great-Grandmother: Frances Euresti, and Uncle: Roger Euresti. He is survived by his mother: Frances M. Castillo and partner Stephen Cates, his father and stepmother Jaime and Bridie Velazquez, his siblings: Elias, Amaya, Taylon, and Vyolet. Abran is also survived by his grandparents: Michael and Debbie Esqueda, Edgar and Sandra Figueroa, Jaime and Bianca Velazquez. Abran is survived by his Tia Jessica Castillo whom he referred to as the Best Tia Ever, Rebecca (Chadd) Adams, Yarivette Blakeslee, Adaliz Figueroa, and Yaleeza Patchett. Abran is survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends that are too numerous to name who loved him tremendously and his two cats, Freddie and Squeakers whom he cared for with all his heart!
Words cannot express the loss we feel for this unexpected passing. Abran’s character and love will forever be treasured in the hearts of all who loved him! As one of his friend’s stated,
“rest easy little stormtrooper!” Your memory will never be forgotten!
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022 beginning at 4pm at York Assembly of God, 7826 G W Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692. A Memorial Service will also be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10am at Faith Builders Worship Center, 3150 Hatters Cove, Buda, TX 78610. Family and friends are all welcome in the remembrance of a fine young man.