Family, friends and community members said farewell to football fan Dylan Isaacs on Saturday after the 30-year-old was shot in Miami Jan. 7 walking home from an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.
Cars lined the streets of the reserve on Saturday as Isaacs was laid to rest at the family homestead after a funeral at the Onondaga Longhouse.
On Sunday, Jan. 7, Isaacs was walking home from the Hard Rock Stadium when a traffic incident led to a verbal altercation with someone in a vehicle.
Isaacs was shot by an unknown male in the vehicle before it sped off.
Miami police said in a press release they have questioned a suspect but have not said if the suspect was arrested or remains in custody.
The shocking and senseless murder led to an international outpouring of condolence and support, with a GoFund Me reaching over $105,000 in donations to help bring Isaacs home to Six Nations and help his family with funeral expenses.
The GoFund Me, which had originally aimed to raise $50,000, is now closed to further donations.
“On behalf of Dylan’s family, we would like a moment to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to those who have donated, shared and sent prayers to us during this challenging and painful time,” the organizer of the GoFund Me wrote. “To the Bills Mafia, the Buffalo Bills as well as the Miami Dolphins and fans and to everyone across Turtle Island, thank you for coming together and showing up with so much love and support for us and our community. It has been truly inspiring to see the things we can do as human beings with empathy and compassion for one another. All of the prayers, love and generosity has been incredibly helpful to Dylan’s mother and their entire family, as well as the Haudenosaunee community of Six Nations.”
Isaacs was known as Teebz to friends and family.
“Teebz was one of a kind and if you ever met him, his unique style would have made you want to get to know him better,” the family said in a statement. “We’re truly grateful for the outpouring of condolences and the donations to our family. We are moved by the love to our family from around the world. This would have deeply moved Teebz as his spirit would have done the same.”