A Richmond family and community is mourning the loss of 28-year-old Aaron Keith Randle to a motorcycle accident on Cutting Boulevard Friday morning.
Perhaps the greatest loss was suffered by one of the people Randle cherished most: his 4-year-old daughter Aniyah, who is too young to comprehend why her dad won’t be driving her to ballet practice anymore.
“He went to every recital, took her to ballet practice, school, picked her up…everything he did was for her,” said Darcheal Reed, Randle’s aunt. “She’s so used to seeing him every day.”
Randle, who was born and raised in Richmond and loved motorcycles, was known among family members and in the community as full of life, loved by many, and extremely funny.
“He was the life of the party; he was goofy and joked a lot,” Reed fondly recalled. “We’re coping…but it’s been really hard.”
Randle died shortly after 8:12 a.m. Friday, when his motorcycle collided with a dump truck at Cutting Boulevard at S. 13th Street, police said. He was pronounced at the scene.
On social media, grieving community members echoed how Randle was a great father with an even greater sense of humor. Losing such a grand and loving personality has been crushing for his family, Reed said.
He lived in San Pablo with his daughter and her mother, Ariana Jones, who he deeply loved. He also had undying love for his grandmother, who raised him. He attended Stege Elementary and graduated from Pinole Valley High as a track star. He ran track for one year at an Oregon college.
Before his death, Randle was about to begin a new career as a physical trainer.
“He was hired at 24-hour Fitness and was supposed to start in a couple days,” Reed said.
The morning of his death, Randle departed on his motorcycle from a family member’s home and did something he had never done before: Waved at them as he rode off.
It was their last glimpse of this truly special person.
Family and friends are currently planning services for Randle. An online fundraiser has been set up to help pay the expenses.
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