Ray Ray was always there for you, say members of slain man's family at vigil
Those who made it a habit to read arrest reports locally have come across the name Raymond Lee Morgan a few times over the years but that public profile paints an unfair picture of the man, his friends and family said during a vigil in his honor yesterday outside 111 Liberty St., where he was murdered on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old had a big, loving heart, said his sister, Natalie Urbanski (top photo).
"He had seven grandkids," Urbanski said. "He had sisters. He had family. He’s always there, no matter what. You needed something he would be there to help you and it seems like no one wants to hear that."
The vigil was, as Victor Thomas put it, a celebration of Ray Morgan's life, but Thomas and others also made pleas for anybody who knows anything to help the police solve the murder case, and for Batavia to come together.
"He would want us to come together and spread the same love that he spread," Thomas said.
With arms wide open he said, "I want to spread love today because that is what Ray did and that is who he was. He didn’t deserve to go out like this. Nobody does. So at the end of the day, if anybody knows anything they need to say something because my man didn’t deserve this."
Then he looked to the sky and addressed Morgan, "I know you're up there and I know you're looking down on this. Something’s got to give, bra. This stuff in Batavia has got to stop. This isn’t what it was. We’ve got to get back to what it was."
Natalie Urbanski said Morgan was "one of a kind."
"He was a sweet loving man who did not need to go out the way he did," she said.
She also made a plea for anybody with information to come forward and help the police solve Morgan's murder.
"His daughters, his grandkids, his loved ones, his aunt, his mother, need some type of closure," Urbanski said. "Let’s not let this be a cold case. Let this be solved immediately."
And she included a plea for Batavia come together.
"Batavia you need to come back as one, as we were before," she said. "All of this violence and nonsense, senseless killings is not who were are. We are not the city. We are Batavia."
Dionne Thomas also recalled Morgan's kind, loving ways.
"I remember the Christmas he told the kids he was going to kidnap Santa Claus," Thomas said. "The kids were really scared that Uncle Ray Ray was going to kidnap Santa Claus. He said if he didn’t leave no presents on Hall Street there wasn’t going to be no Christmas. The kids woke up on Christmas, Santa visited Hall Street. Uncle Ray Ray made sure Santa was on Hall Street. That’s who he was for us all."
People know he had problems in his past, Thomas said, but his murder was just senseless.
"No matter what was done in the past doesn’t justify what was done to him," Thomas said. "No one deserves that, especially not Ray. We all know that."
Funeral arrangments have been made for Morgan. Calling hours will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at H.E. Turner, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, with a funeral service at 1 p.m. (Full Obituary)
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Matt Green, pouring a 40 in honor of Ray Morgan.
Victor Thomas with Jeff Hull and Lamar Randall.
Ray Morgan with his seven grandchildren (photo used with permission of his daughters).
I did not know Ray or family, but this is no way to have such a TRAGIC END TO LIFE Very sad... My sympathy to your family and friends.