Brandon Randolph Michael was born on May 7, 1986 in Norfolk, Virginia to a Naval career family, Parents Bobby & Kiyan Michael, Older Brother B.J, and younger sister Keilah Michael. Brandon loved animals, both wild and domesticated. Brandon knew no enemies. He had a sincere heart of giving and caring. Even as a young child, Brandon’s desire was to feed the hungry and would ask to give clothes out of his closet to the needy. He served as a page to Jacksonville’s city council, and in his local church as well as a life guard during the summer months. Brandon was full of life with a reassuring smile to all who knew him. Somehow, he sensed when others were hurting and made it his mission to reach out to them with his wide smile. He was a Dallas Cowboy fan and Brandon loved and valued his family.
Brandon was engaged to be married but his dreams were cut short on August 15, 2007. While on his way to the bank during his lunch break, Brandon was hit by a twice deported illegal alien, causing his car to flip, killing him. The illegal alien, Mario Tellez, had been stopped by local law enforcement several months prior and was just given a fine for driving without a drivers license and released. After hitting our son, the illegal alien got out of his car and watched Brandon take his last breaths. The illegal refused to admit he was driving, (although he was the only person in the vehicle), causing the state of Florida to have to prove he was behind the wheel. Now, our family not only had to deal with the sudden lost of our middle child, we also had to endure a lengthy trail. After the illegal was identified by an enforcement officer that had been on the scene, he was sentenced to just two years and deported once again.
Brandon deserved to still be here. Because the state of Florida and our nation failed to secure Brandon’s safety by not enforcing our immigration laws and failed to enforce the laws we had, Brandon never received the justice due to him as an American citizen. As Brandon’s family, in 2017, we founded the Brandon Michael Foundation and begin to work hand and hand with Angel Families to bring much needed changes to our immigration laws and enforcement to better protect all Americans citizens. My husband Bobby and I first met with law enforcement Officers in Hernando County as support to our Governors proposed 287g program. We are diligently working to meet with cities, county and state leaders and Sheriffs throughout Florida to encourage better communication and enforcement of immigration policies thereby further support 287g as well as eliminate and further prohibit sanctuary cities. We are hopeful we’re given the opportunity to travel to other states throughout the U.S. to help develop and encourage similar immigration legislation.