Stevenson ‘Stevo” Guerrier, 25, of Homestead, Florida, died of natural causes on February 5, 2022 in Mansfield,Texas. Stevo is survived by Woobendy ‘Woo’ Guerrier, his brother whom he deeply loved and endearingly described as “my ride or die buddy.” He is also survived by his Godparents and family in love David and Tanya Wilkins and their daughters, Macie, Morgan, and Meagan of Tallahassee, Florida and Corey and Robin Sanders of Homestead, Florida and their children, DT, CJ, and their last three who Stevo affectionately called LyricSON, DailonSON, and CaiusSON- his beloved godson. Stevo had a host of cousins whom he also loved dearly including Marie Joseph (husband: Max, children: Maxamillion & Maxine) and Linda Blaise (child: Mikhail) both of Jacksonville, Florida, and Clermin, Clarisse, and Maxine of South Florida.
Stevo graduated from Homestead’s South Dade High School with honors under the careful mentorship of his former teacher and close friend Collin Bartley . He went on to Florida State University where he continued to shine graduating as one of the first minority graduates of the FSU Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship with a major in Social Entrepreneurship. Stevo’s collegiate accomplishments, accolades and campus involvement were extensive. He was elected as a Senator of the Student Government Association and served as a member of the Student Advisory Board. He was very involved in FSU’s CARES program where he was named 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee and received the G.R.I.T Award (2018). He served in numerous leadership positions within the program including the Leadership Council. Additionally, he was a leader and outspoken member of both the Unconquered Scholars and LifeConnectors mentoring program. In his senior year, his peers elected him as an FSU Homecoming Court Representative.
Stevo was born in Haiti where he and Woo lived until their mother passed away. Stevo at age four and Woo age 2, were brought to Homestead, FL by their father following her funeral. At that time, they lived with Stevo’s aunt. Shortly after their arrival to the United States though, Stevo’s father left leaving Stevo and Woo in the care of his aunt. After a few years stateside and limited communication with his father, Stevo received his father’s obituary in 2008. From that point forward, Stevo became his brother’s keeper dedicating his life to his well-being.
The magnitude of the obstacles Stevo faced were insurmountable, but his grit, finesse, sheer determination, and resoluteness set him on the path of success. While he especially honored Haiti, he completed his naturalization requirements and became a United States citizen in 2018. Upon his college graduation in 2019, he accepted a position in Atlanta, Georgia for Continental Tire and Rubber Corporation as a Sales Representative. Last year, he accepted a new position in Dallas, Texas with Willis Towers Watson as a Corporate Risk and Broker Analyst.
Added to his rich legacy, was his dedication to his community, family and large contingent of friends from every walk of life. He was a one-of-a-kind genuine person who brought light and laughter to many. He was high-key obsessed with Chick Fil A, Pollo Tropical, Chipotle, legume & diri blan ak sos pwa, griot & diri djon djon avec pikliz, playing Kompa music as he slept, and traveling with his college buddies. But his second love after Woo was undoubtedly basketball and he believed wholeheartedly that Kevin Durant was “better than Lebron!” His friends often demanded that he defend that statement to which he would confidently respond, “say less,” then proceed to reel off statistics and fact check the opposition.
Stevo’s Christian faith was his source of strength and evident in his time spent as a volunteer and adored staff member at KIX, a neighborhood Christian after school program. There, the leaders and volunteers, under the leadership of Stacy Morales and Godwin and Jules Altidor, aided in his spiritual growth. He in turn invested in the lives of so many young people. Stevo never let any of his ‘KIX boys’ go without. He was a natural born leader who desperately wanted the youth in his community to win, especially those that looked like him. So, he used every resource and network he had to help them whether it was gaining college acceptance or overcoming a traumatic experience. He deepened his knowledge of what it meant to sacrifice, commit, and love through his involvement in the Movement Church of Homestead. Stevo was immensely loved by the KIX and Movement family. Through them and the beautiful village that poured into him, he learned invaluable lessons. During his time at KIX Stevo once wrote, “I will never stop aspiring to give more of myself and my resources to others, so that they can have a meaningful life.”
A memorial and celebration of life will be held on February 18 &19. Friday, February 18, visitation will be from 5 – 8PM at Caballero Rivero Palms Woodlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Hwy, Naranja, FL 33032. There will also be a celebration held in Stevo’s honor after visitation at 7:00 pm @ The KIX Building located at 1088 W. Mowry Drive, Homestead, FL 33030. The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 19 at 11AM at Restoration Church located at 1955 N Krome Ave Homestead, FL 33030. The burial service will follow with the repass being held immediately after at the Movement Christian Cultural Arts Center located at 239 W Mowry Drive Homestead, FL 33030. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Unconquered Scholars Program at Florida State University. A scholarship program will be established in his name which will inspire others to follow in his footsteps. Checks can be written to the Florida State University Unconquered Scholars Program and mailed to Lisa Jackson, who is the Senior Program Director for CARES at FSU, at 109 Collegiate Loop, MC 2139, Thagard Building Office 319, Tallahassee Florida 32306, or to David Wilkins. Online donations can also be made at this link – https://give.fsu.edu/StevoGuerrierMemorial.