Remembering Zyon Scott Brooks

Zyon Brooks (2002-2021) photo courtesy of Ben Fulop

On July 29th, amid shock and sadness, Zyon Scott Brooks’ friends came together to honor his memory at the corner of Summit and Park. They gathered at the spot near where two days before Zyon’s e-bike reportedly collided with a vehicle as he rode to meet friends. He passed away from his injuries on July 28th at just 19 years old, and left behind a heartbroken community.

He is mourned by family members, friends, members of the Montclair High School community, the staff at Hunan Taste where he worked, and all who knew him as a supportive, kind, thoughtful young man. The untimely passing of a young person is always a horrible tragedy, especially when it is so sudden. Zyon’s loved ones will hopefully find comfort in the positive impact and cherished memories he left behind.

A friend created this poster of Zyon in tribute.

Zyon Brooks’ father, a longtime Montclair resident, has been honored and moved by the outpouring of remembrances shared and support given since Zyon’s tragic passing. It’s helped, Lennie Brooks expressed, to hear examples of how caring and kind and funny his son was to those who knew him.  He said, “It’s clear that Zyon has left a  positive and lasting impression on the community.” Surrounded by friends, Mr. Brooks has visited the memorial at the corner of Summit and Park in Montclair, and appreciates that Zyon’s friends organized a vigil and set up physical space to remember and contemplate. Zyon’s mother, Yvette Nichols of Bridgeton, NJ also affirmed gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring support and shared memories she has received. For older sister Zahria Brooks, Zyon was the love of her life.

Called Zy and Z by close family and friends, Zyon inspired those around him as a role model and with his creativity. His friend Ben Fulop remembers that Zyon “…would try to make stuff better no matter what was wrong just by being the funny and loving dude everyone knew him to be, and that is honestly amazing.”

photos courtesy of Zyon’s family

He loved fashion and exploring ideas about extraterrestrial life and the science of the universe. In addition to wanting to design his own clothing line, Zyon had planned to have the simple phrase “Be Present” tattooed on his wrist as a reminder to himself and others to live in the moment. As he is remembered for having a kind word or encouraging advice to those around him, it is apparent that Zyon was definitely present when he was with those he loved.  

Zyon Brooks loved all kinds of fashion. photo courtesy of Ben Fulop

A local visitation for Zyon Brooks will be on August 10th from 4-6 PM at Caggiano Memorial Home in Montclair with a repast for friends and family following in Bloomfield. There will also be a service and internment in Vineland and Bridgeton respectively on August 13th. Please contact the family for more details.

Donations in Zyon Brooks’ honor can be made to Brother to Brother Mentoring Program: https://www.teenmentoring.org 

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