Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
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————————————— Brandon Rodrigues Graves
Case Type: Endangered Date of Birth: January 1, 1987 Missing Date: January 30, 2010 Age Now: 26 Missing City: Myrtle Beach Missing State: South Carolina Gender: Male Race: Black Complexion: Dark Height: 5-4 Weight: 150 Hair Color: Black Hair Length: Medium Eye Color: Brown Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Graves was last seen January 30th. He had attended Morris College’s homecoming festivities. He was last seen at a Sabastian’s Nightclub, on 3289 Broad Street, where he was removed by bouncers for being intoxicated while celebrating his fraternity brothers’ victory in a step competition. The last known video shows Graves walking back up to the club before being escorted away. He also left a message on a friend’s phone at about 3 a.m., according to police.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Three years after Graves was last seen, family and police suspect foul play in his disappearance. Given his close relationship with family, it is unlikely Graves would go this long without contact. Police questioned someone in relation to the case but have found no new details.
“It’s been a disaster since he been gone. We been hoping and praying and we still have our family prayer,”Graves’ aunt Jacqueline Graves told News Channel 15.
Graves had worked as a trainer for a college football team and went by the nickname “Peanut.”
Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said Graves’ disappearance is a reminder to college-aged kids and alumni as they celebrate Homecoming at their colleges and HBCU’s.
“Be careful while you are out partying,” said Wilson.
Last Seen Wearing: Blue t-shirt with a black thermal shirt underneath, black jeans and a black ball cap.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Graves has long black dreadlocks.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Brandon Rodrigues Graves may contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the Black and Missing Foundation’s Tip Line.