Steforno Domique Bell loved his rap music. Lil' Boosie and Cash Money were tops in his collection and prominently pictured on his bedroom walls in Bay St. Louis.
Of course, his mom, Kim Bell, was always telling him to turn down the volume.
"Steforno's ambition was to be a music artist," said cousin Kentrell Harper. "He composed some of his own rap about his own life."
The 21-year-old's originals centered on The Alley and his family. The Bells and extended family were close-knit, and with them he was able to hide his shyness. At Bay High, "Stefanezzy" was named MVP in basketball --- just like his mom had been in another era --- but he was still the kind of person who had to get to know you.
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"He was a positive person, a good person all the way round," said Harper.