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Parents Choose Not To Have A Funeral For Their Drug Dealing Son

Robert Wells III, 22, was shot and killed in his hometown of New Orleans while sitting inside his car alone. Authorities thought his murder was the result of a drug deal gone sour, and they don’t have any suspects in custody.

His death was already sad, coupled with the fact his parents did not have a funeral for him… then reading his obituary really brought tears to my eyes. His parents were open and honest about their son being involved in the streets… and they told everyone how his poor choices ultimately led to his murder. Take a look at the obituary below. Prayers to his family to get the help they need to continue to deal with this horrible situation.

Robert Wells III (1997 – 2020)


Robert Wells, III was born in St. Bernard Parish, October 9, 1997 to Robert Wells, Jr. and Deborah Wells. He spent the years after hurricane Katrina in the St. Charles Parish area until his murder on Sunday, February 16, 2020. As loving parents, we were not prepared for the untimely, tragic death of our young son He was a wonderful, funny, intelligent, talented and compassionate young man until the false desires of fast money and instant gratification lured him away from the morals and ethics instilled in him from a young age.


Tough Love did not deter his mindset to stay involved in the streets. We always hoped that one day his parents’ Love and commitment to him would prevail and he would abandon that life. It did not.

His life ended almost instantly at 22 years old, alone in a car under a barrage of gunfire. All the fast money, cars and “things” that seemingly were of importance to him, meant nothing at his crossing. We hope and pray that Robert never bestowed this kind of senseless violence upon anyone else’s child, and if this obituary can offer the opportunity for another young person to realize the streets offer nothing but heartache, pain, and ultimately death, Robert’s life will not have been in vain. His pained soul is now set free from all worldly desires.

Dear God, please take our son, the most precious gift you could bestow upon us at his birth, back once again as your Heavenly son. Lord, keep him in your loving arms for eternity and, forgive us. Robert was predeceased by his grandparents Robert and Bertha Wells, Sr. and George H. Dupard, Sr., Ingeborg Thurston (Richard). He leaves behind a brother, Antonio, girlfriend Hailey, and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


There will be no service for Robert. Instead we kindly ask you to make a small donation in his name to any at-risk youth programs. Until we meet again Son, you’ll forever be in our hearts.

~ (Parents of Robert Wells III) Published in The Times-Picayune on Feb. 23, 2020
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24 thoughts on “Parents Choose Not To Have A Funeral For Their Drug Dealing Son

  1. Prayers to the both of you.I had to bury 2 of my five boys.It hurts once but twice you never be the same.

    1. I’m so sorry to her this terrible tragedy it’s just unimaginable. The Lord has given you something to continue on unto this day.

  2. Sad it hurts every day My son was gundown December 29 2019the worst day of my life at the age 20 he was just beginning to live life he just had a baby two weeks old and I’m so sick about it it’s hard to care for my other kids like I should he was my best friend my oldest son my shinning star is gone

  3. As the parent of a murdered child , right or wrong you can hear the hurt in these parents hearts , I’m sure they did all they could to save their son. The fact that they chose to not have a full open funeral isn’t necessarily a bad thing , it’s clear they don’t know who snatched their young son’s life so I bet their not very trusting of other right now, I’m sure they laid him to rest in a private ceremony that was fitting for a king. God bless and keep them , and my the person or persons who decided to play judge and jury over someone else’s life ROT in HELL….

  4. My Son was Murdered in the same fashion under the same circumstances. I’m beyond sad. Beyond grief. Beyond understanding. I read this with tears in my eyes. Everything happened so fast I didnt have time to think or Morning just move…just plan…the funeral was terrible with a massive disruption and the turning away of Guest at the dinner reception along with the unfinished burial. Still going to court 3 years later for justice only to be mocked and intimidated by the accused family. My Son was so much BETTER than this. And so was all of yours commenting on this thread who lost there kid. No one but eachother know how we feel. I had a funeral and worked very hard at putting it together perfectly. Now I kinda wished I skipped it too but then again I love my son regardless of his mistakes and I did want his life celebrated and remembered for all the POSITIVE he did and all the loved he touched especially mine! I miss you Brandon. My heart breaks daily. Its hard to breath sometimes but I know we will meet again. God bless those Parents may we all find peace.

  5. So sorry my son turned to the streets and is now serving 13 years in prison. Lord please help us all. We love our kids

  6. This made me wanna cry. I have a son. He is 3. I think about this kind of stuff when he gets older. I just hope my son don’t go down that path cus he’s my only boy. I send my deepest condolences to you and your family In this time of need. May GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.

  7. As a parent, we try our best to teach our children right but the world is tough. I’m an immigrant and a single mum and every day my child pushes me away more. The more difficult the circumstances, the more our children suffer and the easier it is to take the wrong path.

  8. I’m sorry for your lost. I’m thankful you spoken the truth so others can see that the fast life is a place you don’t want to be. Prayers to you and the family.

  9. So sad, I’m grieving for all who have lost children to the streets by way of incarceration or death….I have a grandson who is incarcerated.. I want to send this to my grandson.. I pray for all our families…. to send and will the spirit of protection to us all…May this young brother RIP and all the young brothers and sisters who lost their lives through a tragedy such as this….SMH..

  10. Wow! I am so sorry for your great loss, my Son was sick and passed and the pain is endless so I can only imagine your pain! God has him, God forgave him, be at peace because you all did your best. The Boys and Girls Clubs are helping Youths to make the right choices in life hopefully donations will go to them to honor your sweet Son’s memories. I send you love, light, and compassion..be at peace my Friends!♥️♥️

  11. My heart ache for each parent that has to lose their child , be it from violence or otherwise, I will pray for your strength and hopefully one day your understanding, I know it’s difficult and as parents we all think “ what did I do wrong”? Give it to God and peace will follow, I will pray. for all of our healing, Many blessings

  12. As parents we all know that we invest a great deal into our children…time, money, all the resources and etc. At some point we look for the return and unfortunately that wasn’t the case for this family and they knew it. They chose a different path and I respect them for it. God bless their soul. I pray that the other son learn from this.

  13. Your obituary is full of love and compassion. Most would not be as open to tell the truth; however, if this is what it takes to turn one, just one child around, every word is worth it.
    Thank you for your compassion for someone else’s child.
    May God bless you as He gives you and your family the strength you will need during your time of bereavement and healing.

  14. This is a powerful statement. I hope that all his so called friends and his enemies read this obituary. The hurt that I hear is so powerful. God bless him and God bless his parents.

  15. My condolences to these parents. I had parents that constantly told me the end results of my behaviors. Oh I chose to listen to my so-called friends in the streets and ended up doing drugs over 30yrs..Going to prison like a revolving door (13 times)..I made the decision to change my life over 20 years ago..It was because of the tough love from my parents..telling me that they had ENOUGH..I remember my mother saying Anne, I prayed and asked GOD to send you to the grave (shooting dope) already headed there. or to bring back our daughter..Guess what when they kicked me out of course my so-called friends disappeared…I am grateful for that tough love….prayers for healing thank you for keeping it real

  16. As a parent i could not took such a stance. He may gave departed from my teachings, but he is still my son and i would have given him his final rights. Praying and asking God to forgive him.

  17. So fucked up cause he must of felt that is all he had was the streets cause the was his family was to him and for them to say that was all he was gonna die by like help him so him you cared that you loved him maybe yall gave him a hard life like that was the most messed up obituary i every heard in my life i do understand that it was a message for the other kids out here in the streets but that was the most one i ever heard

    1. U got no understanding U got 2 B the dumbest person ever When the GOD I serve say Pick up up cross & folloow me that what he means he means leave EVERYTHING& EVERYBODY I RESPECT THIS MOTHER HIGHLY IT HAD 2 B THE HARDEST THING 2 LEAVE HER CHILD BUT WHO WANTS TO B AROUND THAT ELEMENT IF THATS NOT WHAT SHE WANTED 4 HER SON Y NOW THAT HES GONE SHE WANTS 2 B N THAT ELEMENT OF HIS CIRCLE NOW DO U UNDERSTAND MAY BE NOT CAUSE U SO FKUP PITIFUL UR U NEED A BIBLE EDUCATION EDUCATE UR SELF B4 U SPEAK U YOUNGER FOLK R SO IGNORANT ITS A WONDER ANY OF YALL STILL HERE U COME UNDER THE CATEGORY DUMBASS WITH SMART PHONE5

  18. No matter what he may have been or done he was still your child. I’ve never experienced this pain so I cannot relate and pray I will never have to, big ups for keeping it so real I have much respect for you all. Be blessed. And still I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  19. My son committed armed robbery in his early 20’s. With a one yr old son and another son on the way. His wife was involved and he took the fall for her. 12 yrs later w 2 degrees he was released. We were there every weekend or two, sent money for school, commissary, phones… he never hit rock bottom. Now he’s in a halfway house trying to acclimate to the real world again. I dont know what the answer is. All we can do, as parents is raise them the way they should go, instill values and morals and pray they come back. God bless the parents and may He heal their broken hearts.

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