Jason King of the Shinnecock Nation died on April 28 in a car accident. He was 33.
Born on July 1, 1978, to Martha and Robert King Jr., he attended Southampton public schools and attended Five Towns College, majoring in music production. Raised on the Reservation, according to survivors, his days were filled with school activities, sports, playing with his friends, and yes, getting into trouble. Whenever something happened in the community, they said, his mom was sure to ask “Where’s Jason?”
In his later years, Mr. King, known as “Tek,” put his talent to work. His artistic flair and promotion of strong cultural values was evident in his Evitan (Native backwards) Couture clothing line. He was so proud of his powwow stand last year, making sure he was fully stocked... more