Khalil Phillips was a natural athlete who took to cycling a few years ago and immediately rode into the hearts of many. A 2005 graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School, Khalil majored in Psychology at Alabama State University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., and pursued his master’s degree at Troy State University before returning to Atlanta to excel in fitness and bodybuilding. “KP” found community with Atlanta’s many cycling clubs – from beer rides for beginners to tearing up the streets in alley cats and crit races – and his smile, laughter and conversation were as motivating as his physical abilities.
On Thursday, March 30th, 2023, our brother parted ways with this world; but his soul, his light, his laughter and his kindness will never leave us. Khalil’s final transition is imminent, as he remains on life support for the purpose of helping others. Khalil was an organ donor, and in the midst of this tragedy, may we find solace in knowing, that he served and sacrificed for others until and beyond his last breath.
Khalil will be dearly missed, but his spirit lives on. Is that a cliché? Maybe, but it sometimes is the only one we can move on. By knowing that the people we love become ghosts in our hearts, and it is like this that we keep them alive. Time only would have told us the great man Khalil might have become, but instead of focusing on what-ifs (an inevitable part of the grief process), let us instead celebrate the outstanding 36 years he gave us. He gave us patience, and a loving heart. He gave us the life of a beautiful black man, whose light and fortitude shall never be diminished.
May his departure be a reminder to tell people WHY we love them.
We love you dearly, Khalil “KP” Jamal Phillips. Go fly with the hawks now.