Remembering Nage Ezell – The Temple News


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From comforting friends to learning new crafts like candle making, Kenaizha Ezell was full of passion, especially when it came to art, education, astrology and people they cared about so deeply.

“You can definitely feel that with them — the kind of person they are — whether or not you’re very close friends with them,” said Georgia Rosse, a young advertising student and Ezell’s roommate.

Ezell, a former art therapy student at Temple University who went by the name “Nage”, was reported missing during a mental health crisis on December 9 and found dead on December 22, according to testimony from their sister. . instagram.

Ezell used art as a form of healing, said Eve Campbell, a junior journalism student and one of Ezell’s housemates.

“A really big thing for them was dealing with trauma through art,” Campbell said.

They also loved clothing and sewing and planned to start a candle business, Rosse said.

After retiring from Temple University, Ezell remained committed to learning, reading books on business and entrepreneurship as well as fiction like The Alchemist.

“Every other day a new book would arrive,” said Jillian Villafuerte, junior graphic design student and roommate. “She was showing us the backup books she wanted to read.”

From Kanye West to Tyler, the creator, Ezell was also passionate about music.

“I had the room right next to them and they always played music all day, but it would never bother me because it was always good,” Rosse said.

Astrology played an important role in Ezell’s life, especially for how it helped them make sense of certain conversations.

“They had so much knowledge about astrology and like, such a unique and interesting perspective on the signs that make people a certain way,” Rosse said.

Ezell was a caring person and encouraged everyone they met, whether they were strangers or closest friends.

“If any of us were drawing or making art in our living room, they were there, asking to see what we were doing and saying, ‘Wow, that’s so amazing,'” Villafuerte said.

If she was bored, Deesarine Ballayan knew how to call Ezell. They would spend hours wandering around Philadelphia together, exploring thrift stores and cafes.

“It seemed like we were talking nonsense,” said Ballayan, a young journalism student. “But in those moments, it meant the world to us.”

When Rosse needed someone to talk to, she knew she could talk to Ezell when she got home.

“Nage was really always there for all of us during that time we were living there,” she said.

A few weeks after moving in together, Rosse and Villafuerte recall dating Ezell and telling everyone they met that they were roommates. That night, the three stayed awake dancing and watching the sunrise in their apartment.

Rosse opened up to Ezell faster than she does to most people due to Ezell’s poor judgment.

“I feel like it’s really hard to find in people,” Campbell said. “Just someone who is so able to read how you feel without having to tell them anything.”

During a particularly difficult time for Campbell, Ezell always knew what to say. They constantly reminded Campbell that her feelings were valid and the importance of expressing them, Campbell said.

While Ezell engaged in serious conversations, they also had a youthful energy that brought dark situations to light, Campbell said.

“That’s why it was so nice to be with them, especially over the past few months when I feel like we were all a bit stressed,” she said.

Rosse will keep her memories with Ezell close to her heart forever, she said.

“I’m so grateful to have been able to spend this time with Nage,” she added.

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