Before he was shot to death in an East St. Louis backyard near his childhood home, Quiantez Fair, who went by Quian, was planning on opening a food truck with his cousin.
The 28-year-old had high goals, Fair’s older brother Shauntez Fair said. He wanted to be an entrepreneur, and he strived to do everything he could to take care of his four young children, a boy and a girl who are 8, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy.
Quian Fair wasn’t as active as he wanted to be in his oldest son’s life, Shauntez Fair said, which makes his loss even harder for the both of them.
“His oldest boy doesn’t fully understand what’s going on with his dad,” Shauntez Fair said. “That’s probably the toughest thing for me because...all the time he thought he had to have an impact on his son’s life was taken from him.”
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Quian was fatally shot Monday on N. 84th Street in East St. Louis. As of Thursday, police did not have any suspects or persons of interest they were investigating.
“It hurts, because where it happened, that’s home for us,” Shauntez Fair said. “He grew up on the block he died on.”
There wasn’t a person Quian Fair could talk to who he wouldn’t make laugh, his brother said. He may have made some bad choices in life, but he was a good guy who just wanted to make money for his family.
Family had always been something Quian Fair held close to his heart. Growing up, his and his five siblings’ mom was a single parent, their dad had been in jail for most of their lives. So Quian and Shauntez would take odd jobs to help their mom out — mowing lawns, selling chips and candy at school and in the neighborhood, working at the mall in Fairview Heights.
“Quian just wanted to take care of his family the best way he could,” Shauntez Fair said. “My brother was taken from us, I feel, out of jealousy and envy because he was doing the things he intended to do to take care of his family, and he was successful.”
Their cousin, Tommy McCarter, 37, and Quian were planning on opening a food truck. Quian loved business, and McCarter loved to cook, Shauntez Fair said, so it was the perfect match. But they never got the opportunity to see what they could do together.
One of the last times McCarter talked to Quian Fair, his cousin had told him that he loved him, and to stay out of trouble. McCarter grew up with the Fairs; he practically raised Quian and his siblings.
“He liked to save his money up, it’s a family thing, and help us out,” McCarter said. “We look out for each other. My goal was set on (this food truck), and he was willing to help me out with that.”