April Love
Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

This website was created in the memory of our dearly beloved, April Love who was born in Texarkana, Texas on May 1, 1985  (then raised in Hope, Arkansas) and was murdered on September 11, 2005.

April has certainly graced all of us with her warmth, kindness, and glowing smile.  The realization that her journey through this life has ended is both shocking and devastating for everyone that knew her.  This site is intended to be a place for April's vast network of friends, and associates to memorialize her.  Please feel free to post your condolences on the page, and if possible, contribute any stories, poems, photos, or videos.  In order to pay tribute, please click on the Tribute and Condolences tab above, or on the link below the poem on this page.  To send audio, video, or picture files, please email the website manager by using the designated tab for the Audio & Video page or directly at
ryshellemonique@gmail.com. Thank you for gathering with us to uplift her memory. May God grant you comfort, as we all mourn the tremendous loss.  


Tragic loss: April Love, CBCF Intern, c/o '05:


Love and Diversity Award:

Fullbright College Tribute:

Congressional Record Statement delivered by Rep. Ross (D-AR):

April's Facebook.com page:

Commemorative Facebook Group (created by Hillary):

The domain name www.AprilLove.org has been established by Keni (kforema@uark.edu).This URL will simply redirect people to this site, but it makes it makes it easier to explain this site's address.  

From the University of Arkansas
"Grief counseling will be available to students, faculty and staff from Counseling and Psychological Services. For more information about services offered, please call (479) 575-2277."

Sympathy Letters to the Family
Letters can be addressed to:
Mr. Ira D. Love
PO Box 1505
Hope, AR  71802

Funeral Services took place on September 21, 2005 @ Rising Star Baptist Church (Hope, AR).

For anyone who would like a copy of April's funeral program, please send your name and address to Hillary @ hklinge@uark.edu and she will gladly mail it to you.

If you would like to obtain an air-brushed shirt of April Love, Please e-mail AJ at sales@suthunmusicent.com for further information.

Please submit dates for April's timeline to the website manager.


News Links:


















Tributes to April Love:


Daughters are angels
Sent from above
To fill our heart
With unending love.

Mother 05/01/11


I spent my time celebrating your birthday in my flower garden.  I loved to hear you say, "Mother, the flowers are beautiful". My memories will flower abundantly over and over again.

Love always,

Mother  05/01/10


We love you and miss you terribly.  We celebrate each day in our hearts with the many memories.

Mother 05/01/09

Celebration of Life

The celebration of life,
shared in the beginning, and again, in the end.
Yet we forget to celebrate it, in every moment we live.
Time, days, years, go on, but are we alive?
Alive and do not know it, sleeping in the world
and dead to the life we are to live.
To celebrate all life,
the sparrow who sang in the morning,
and died in the night,
why do we not celebrate its life?
To know thyself is to know you are alive -
to give, to love, to seek truth, beauty, and suffer pain.
In life as it is meant to be, pain is forgotten, and
strength is all that’s left to be gained
in the moment by moment celebration of life.
~ By Deborah Peabody

Happy Birthday April!

May your light continue to shine forever. Remembering you today and each day in our hearts. Gone but not forgotten.

Mother 05/01/08

Gone But Not Forgotten
by Vanessa Jackson Fields

In Paradise you have found your dwelling place
Surrounded by God's care 
No harm, hurt, or danger will you ever have to endure
Your love continues to affect our lives as
"Memories flower time and time again in the heart's garden"

You are gone but not forgotten
Still alive in our hearts

Each season brings memories of the love you so freely shared.
On the fresh fallen snow, I see your face aglow.

Spring is here, it's in the budding of the trees
April showers, Spring flowers
I'm reminded of the new life you have received.
I see your radiant smile 
Shining from above through the summer sun.
Fall reminds me of your purpose driven life
Like a flourishing tree with changing leaves.

You are gone but not forgotten
Still alive in our hearts.

Performed as song dedicated to April's memory, 
"In Bondage, A Moment of Rage" Play, 
March 25, 2006

Seasons Change
by Charisma  
A time in life when all good things are in season
Seeds become flowers and everything is dipped in sunshine

And there is love

There was love

Now April Showers cast our days to gray and we mourn the loss of our sunshine

Southern bells toll with the heaviness of loss
As we grieve our pink and green princess
Bereaved by the theft of hope and of a future
Bright as the smile that brought light to our grayest of days

But not today…

Partly cloudy eyes prepare to say farewell to our sunshine
But, today, as the wind whispers and the sky smiles
We realize that our heart’s impending autumn could never take the place of

April’s Love
    September 21, 2005
                                                                              The first day of fall 

Gone but Not Forgotten
by Kelsey Y. Sheppard

You were so full of life,
Always smiling and carefree,
Life loved you being a part of it,
And I loved you being a part of me.

You could make anyone laugh,
If they were having a bad day,
No matter how sad I was,
You could take the hurt away.
Nothing could every stop you,
Or even make you fall,
You were ready to take on the world,
Ready to do it all.
But God decided he needed you,
So from this world you left,
But you took a piece of all of us,
Our hearts are what you kept.

Your seat is now empty,
And it's hard not to see your face,
But please always know this,
No one will ever take your place.

You left without a warning,
Not even saying good-bye,
And I can't seem to stop,
Asking the question why?
Nothing will ever be the same,
The halls are empty without your laughter,
But I know you're in Heaven,
Watching over us and looking after.
I didn't see this coming,
It hit me by surprise,
And when you left this world,
A small part of me died.
Your smile could brighten anyone's day,
No matter what they were going through,
And I know everyday for the rest of my life,
I'll be missing you.
Love Always,
Your Friends

To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me
submitted by Gwendolyn Ragland

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears.
Be thankful for our beautiful years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for love you have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a time that we must past.
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say
“Welcome Home.”

Happy Birthday April!!!!

It's not easy that you're not here with us but you will always be in our hearts.  'Til we meet.

With love always,
Mother      05/01/07


Having a daughter is a dream
Giving birth seems so real
Looking at my precious being
Seems impossible to believe

That perfectly shaped child
So gentle and mild
Watched her grow through the years
A wonderful experience to share

The joy she brought to my life
Certainly removed all my strife
Thank God for such a creation
She blossomed into a lovely carnation

She was like a glowing light
Shining so bright in the night
Together we now kneel in prayer
This is what we both share

My daughter the gift of life
Will always be my side

© WendyOM.OMurray

Happy Birthday April!!!!

Today was the date that you were born 21 years ago.  I remember the day like it was yesterday, a blessing from God and filled with unspeakable joy.  

In one of the stars
I shall be living 
In one of them
I shall be laughing 
And so it will be 
as if all the stars
were laughing 
when you look 
at the sky at night
....and there is sweetness 
in the laughter of all the stars....
and in the memories 
of those you love

                            The Little Prince

I was given this poem by one of your friends because they are now able to smile when they look at the sky.  I, too, smile when I think of your beauty, intellect, and love.  Shine bright, my star.

With Love,
Mother 05/01/06


Friends of April Love are invited to gather to remember her life and legacy with
a moment of reflection in front of the fountain on the Arkansas Union Mall at 5 p.m., on Thursday, September 21st, 2006

For more information, email diverall@uark.edu or bsa@uark.edu

The Event Press Release:
April Love was a student at the University of Arkansas for only 2 years, but she truly touched the lives of those around her, making a positive impact with every connection. Tragically, she was taken away from her friends and family in September 2005. Although she is no longer physically with us, her spirit lives on. 

April Love was born in Texarkana, Texas on May 1, 1985, and raised in Hope, Arkansas. A 2003 honors graduate of Hope High School, April was a junior at the University of Arkansas, majoring in political science and African American Studies. She was a member of the UA Honors College and was active in many campus organizations at the university. She was survived by her parents, sisters, extended family, and many friends. 

The April Love Memorial Scholarship has been set up by her family in her honor, and donations will be accepted during this event. 

Mrs. Love, April's mother, worked on a project to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.  If you are available, please attend "In Bondage, A Moment of Rage," an inspirational event on March 25, 2006 at 6:30 pm in the Perot Theatre.

Perot Theatre
221 Main Street
Texarkana, TX
Doors will open at 5 p.m. There is also a pre-show from 6:30-7:00. Then a play at 7pm.


There have been two scholarships established in April's memory:

April Love Memorial Scholarship
P. O. Box 1505
Hope, AR 71802
Bancorp South


April R. Love Scholarship
AKA - Kappa Iota
P. O. Box 1327
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Arvest Bank
479-575-1099 / 800-874-1827


Helpful URLs:

Click here to see April Love's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
wow  / Colette McFalls (Friend)
Hello April - its been so many years now but I havent forgot you girl. We miss you
Everlasting foot prints   / Brandy Jackson (Friend/Soror)
Hey "pretty girl" Your beautiful smile shined bright today in my heart. Life happens and you try your best to adjust and move forward; but there are somethings & some people that always remain no matter the duration of time. I always get super exci...  Continue >>
Missing You Much!   / Howard Nunn (Uncle)
April I will always remember your big warm smile and a big hug you always gave me whenever we met. Your spirit will always be with us. Love Uncle Howard  
I miss you girl.   / Candace Langton Mason (Friend)
APRIL I heard our song the other day! Oh my gosh I miss you babe. I just love to come here and it makes me feel closer to you. I think of you lots pumpkin. Hugs and kisses.
Still Missing You   / Ira D. Love Love ("Daddy")
My 1st baby girl it doesn't seem like it has been 5 years since seeing your smiling face and hearing your gleeful voice. I think of and miss you daily we all do. You will be a part of me forever. P.S. I'm trying to keep those sisters of yours ...  Continue >>
Condolences / Sabrina Kelly (Visitor)    Read >>
A Million Times We Will Miss You  / Stuart Family (friend)    Read >>
Thinking of you Magic and April's family  / Rhonda Rhodes Craig Sehon's Mom (was coworker with Mom )    Read >>
By And By  / Ira Love (Dad)    Read >>
Touched by an angel.  / Candace Langton-Mason (Friend)    Read >>
I'm so sorry about your loss though its been 4yrs  / Bode (none)    Read >>
Uno nunca sabe con quien se puede encontrar...  / B. Gutierrez (amiga)    Read >>
Happy Christmas from heaven....  / IRENE MOMMY TO ANGEL KAYLA XAVIER 4EVER (DEC.22,2008)    Read >>
I never met her either..but...  / Valorie (None)    Read >>
Just a stranger from Detroit  / Sher Davis     Read >>
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