The death early this week of a beloved brother, motivational speaker, wisecracker and devoted church member has left family and friends reeling. Mesa police on Friday declared 30-year-old Travis Alexander a victim of homicide.
A YouTube video tribute to Alexander, whose body was found Monday night in his Mesa home, shows pictures of a smiling, happy man on ski trips, with family and friends, and dressed in a curly, brown mullet wig as “Eddie Snell,” the alter-ego he used as part of his motivational speeches.
Alexander worked as a successful executive for Pre-Paid Legal Services, giving speeches around the country on behalf of the company.
He had several projects, including a book titled “Raising You,” in which he recounts his struggle to overcome poverty and find success. Though he did not finish the book, family and friends plan to publish it in his honor.
In the book, Alexander covers spirituality, self-motivation and potential. Friends and family say he was genuinely devoted to helping and motivating others, using several humorous videos and a Web site.
“This site is to help you realize that you can and should live a life of great achievement and then to take action,” Alexander wrote on his Web site. “To make the most of your self, to make the most of this life, and to help others do the same.”
His brother, Steven Alexander, 22, of Riverside, Calif., said, “He was a very, very nice guy … laughing all the time . He had no enemies. If anyone ever tried to start anything, he was the one to walk away and say, 'It’s not worth it.’ ”
Travis Alexander’s childhood was anything but picture perfect. On his Web site, he describes the poverty and neglect that he and his siblings often faced in a home ravaged by his parents’ drug addiction. He and his siblings were raised in the town of Rubidoux, near Riverside. Steven Alexander said his parents are dead.
Despite the adversity of his childhood, Travis Alexander found comfort in religion after he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent two years on a mission to Denver.
Friends discovered Alexander’s body Monday night at his home near Meridian and Elliot roads. They had became worried about him when they didn’t hear from him for several days, police said. They immediately phoned police.
Police said there were signs of trauma to his body. They refused to give further information because the investigation is ongoing. A community meeting about the case is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the multi-purpose room at Meridian Elementary School, 3900 S. Mountain Road in Mesa.
Steven Alexander wants someone to be held accountable for his brother’s death.
“He didn’t deserve this,” Steven said. “And I hope whoever did this has sympathy and comes forward.”