Damani “Dash” Amiri Shomari Hughes Cleveland

A memorial visitation for Damani “Dash” Amiri Shomari Hughes Cleveland, 20, Lawrence, will be held from 2:30 ~ 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. 

Damani Amiri Shomari Hughes “Dash” Cleveland was born Thursday, September 25, 2003, in Corsicana, TX, the son of Shannon Cleveland and Frankye Hughes. He grew up in Texas and Missouri before settling in Lawrence, KS where he went to Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, graduated in 2022 from Lawrence Free State High School and attended Baker University. Baptized at an early age, Dash lived a big and bright life and actively professed his faith in Jesus Christ to everyone he met.

 He took flight to his heavenly home Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Dash is remembered for his generous smile, leadership, kindness, respectfulness, athletic prowess, great hugs, a big heart and so much more. He absolutely lit up a room with his presence. He leaves his family to remember him, his parents, siblings, a nephew, great-grandmothers, grandmothers, grandfathers and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He also leaves caring adults, coaches, classmates, educators, friends, and teammates from his school years and work years, too numerous to name individually and too important to ever be forgotten.

Memorial contribution checks may be made in Dash’s name to Home Works USA LLC and may be sent in the care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

12 Condolences

  1. Leland Hughes on June 3, 2024 at 11:08 pm

    Will miss you great nephew. RIP

  2. Kate Spano on June 4, 2024 at 8:48 am

    My heartfelt condolences to everyone. My son Camden and him played FSH basketball together and Cam really enjoyed Dash as a person and a fellow team mate and friend. I as the mom watching on- loved watching them together on the court. They had fun while out there! I am so sorry for your loss. May you try and find peace in and the joy he brought to you and clearly many many others!!

  3. Raye Ann Novotney on June 4, 2024 at 10:01 am

    Dash lit up a room everywhere he went! He was very kind and o my goodness so silly and funny!! When I was around Dash or seen him he always had great hugs!! He always had me laughing! To Dash’s family my thoughts and prayers are with you today and all the days going forward!

  4. DELBERT D. HUGHES on June 4, 2024 at 1:21 pm


  5. Moms on June 7, 2024 at 7:54 am

    Your light will continue to shine, gone but not forgotten. You are wanted here but we/Ihave to accept what you spoke Gods plan/will be done. He used you for His purpose. This is all still part of His plan even though it hurts. I hear you now….. trust God. So I am. I love you my sunshine.

  6. Zee Harshaw on June 7, 2024 at 2:44 pm

    You will always be loved and remembered. Thank you for becoming one of my sons. You are loved and missed. Rest well, son.

  7. Ali Freudenthal on June 7, 2024 at 5:48 pm

    I’m so sorry. He was such a smiley joyful kid! My heart breaks for you.

  8. Beverly Sloan on June 11, 2024 at 9:31 am

    I remember when Dash as been a kid with some of my kids.Then he became a young man. I use to be in the same house sometimes with Dash ,I can’t believe he gone. To his family : I’m so so sorry for the lost of your love one. Praying that lord give y’all the strength to heal and comfort you all. Love you all. Be blessed

  9. Alyssa Love on June 19, 2024 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing your light with us. God thank you for the most beautiful baby brother an addition to my family and my heart ! I love you Damani 💜

  10. Tiffany (Your Aunt always and forever) on June 21, 2024 at 7:44 pm

    You will always be in my ❤️. You were loved and will be missed. My condolences to our family, friends and loved ones. God holds him in the palm of His hands. Rest easy nephew. 🤍

  11. Charles Hopkins on June 22, 2024 at 1:33 am

    I keep writing and erasing trying to find the right thing, trying not to explain too much or too little. I am in disbelief, you made me feel like a big brother. You had this uncanny ability to make intense moments more light hearted. More than anything you valued being genuine and trustworthy. I will remember all the basketball moments, the Central hallway moments, me having the opportunity to support, but more importantly the times you challenged me to be a better man. I refuse to say goodbye, instead I’ll say see you later. Much love and I’ll always remember you 💙

  12. Shy Toshavik on July 15, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    thank you for sharing your kind heart. always made me happy, always shared jokes and laughs together. never was a dull moment with you. will forever carry our memories together! I LOVE YOU DAMANI! LONG LIVE DASH!❤️

    to his family: thank you for sharing such a great soul with this wicked world. he made a difference and will forever remain remembered. condolences 🙏🏽

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