I met Robert in the fifth or sixth grade at Central Ward Elementary/Carrol Thompson Jr. High where he first appeared wearing short pants and cowboy boots. Soon after our meeting he raised his shirt, pointed to a bad scar on abdomen, and declared that his brother had shot him. A scar and boots. The scar was later explained as the result of a ricochet from a handgun Boone accidentally fired down into the floor. The boots inspired our sixth grade teacher, Mr. Gee to call him "Cowboy," a nickname forever shadowing for many who knew and loved him. I have many fond memories of Robert that lead me to celebrate his life. I am greatly sadden by his death. My condolences to his family and other friends.