Marcas Dontae “Gio” Purnell Jr., 19, departed this life on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Marcas was born Nov. 5, 2000, to Marcas D. Purnell Sr. and Latoya P. McClinton. Marcus attended Benton Harbor Area Schools and the W-A-Y Program in Watervliet. He was employed by Pero in Benton Harbor. Marcas accepted Christ at an early age at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Emery Varrie. Marcas had a heart of gold and would go to the extreme to make sure you were good.