Daishawn Ahmani St. Pierre was born on November 12, 1995 at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to Shahaira Davy and Holdrean St. Pierre. He was baptized at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, and his godparents are Melissa Y. Barnaby Hernandez and Patrick St. Pierre (who is also his uncle).
During the earliest parts of his life, Daishawn lived in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn where he attended the Sparks of African Genius childcare center. There, he met a girl by the name of Jendayi. She took a liking to Daishawn and nicknamed him “Dai-Dai.” The nickname stuck, and those who knew him best affectionately referred to him by that moniker for the rest of his life.
By the time he reached kindergarten, Daishawn and his mother relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland. Daishawn attended Montgomery Knolls Elementary, then Argyle Middle School both in Silver Spring. After graduating from Argyle, he entered Old Mill High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, where his mother purchased her first home. On summer and winter breaks, he spent time with his father and the St. Pierre family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his many paternal cousins. At the age of sixteen, Daishawn left Maryland to live with his father in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attended Northeast High School, the institution from which he graduated.
Incredibly bright and diligent, Daishawn was an honor student throughout his academic career, excelling in a wide range of subjects. He was the recipient of the President’s Education Award in Recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence, and the African-American Festival of Academic Excellence Award. Daishawn participated in a great number of extracurricular activities, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. He received the Scholar/Athlete Award for achieving a 3.25 or greater grade point average during football season, and the Old Mill High School Athletic Award for Junior Varsity Football. He was also a purple belt in the Korean martial arts form known as Tae Soo Do, and was a member of the Tompkins Karate Association.
In his early teen years, Daishawn sought ways to sharpen his entrepreneurial skills. Driven by his interest in video games and other forms of emergent technology, he wanted to compete with Microsoft and become the next tech giant. He developed an idea for a new game system called Dyvox. He had become so adept at working with computers that he could take one apart and put it back together effortlessly. Daishawn incorporated these aspirations into his college career. He applied to several institutions and was accepted to the University of Maryland, St. John’s University, and Temple University. He selected Temple, and chose Information Science and Technology as his major, and performed as a tutor in the information technology department. He also completed internships in the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Health.A kind, gentle, generous spirit, and often considered “the baby” of the family no matter how old or tall he was, Daishawn enjoyed reading comic books, listening to hip hop music and debating the artistic merits of the genre, listening to old-school reggae music, watching films and television, and attending family gatherings. He was also a foodie, his favorites being home-cooked meals, especially spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and every so often, pizza. In many ways, with his humorous demeanor and charming wit, he was the glue that bonded generations of family together. Daishawn’s life reminds us that “family” is not a noun; it is a verb that calls for us to love relentlessly, even when the waters are troubled; to support one another through our struggles; to live in the light of truth; to be responsible for one another; and to regard each other with care and patience, for that is the will of God.
Daishawn’s bright light was extinguished on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He will be lovingly remembered by his aforementioned mother, father, and godparents; his siblings: Gabrielle C. St. Pierre, Jaren St. Pierre, Casielle St. Pierre and Justin O. Christopher; his stepmother Patricia St. Pierre; his mother’s fiancé Roberto O. Williams; his grandmothers: Sandra Benjamin, Gladys Valentine and Louise Davy; his grandfather Orlando F. Davy; his aunts: Maritza Steiniger, Lorraine St. Pierre, Darline Dorvil, Mary Chevalier and Lenice Smith; his uncles: Orlando J. Davy, David Chevalier and Anthony Steiniger; his great-aunts: Joan Jones, Jandel L. Benjamin, Dale Morales, Sonja Davy and Jean Davy; his great-uncle Donald Benjamin; as well as a host of cousins, other distant relatives, and friends.