He was shot six times outdoors, and crawled to a friend's doorway to ask her to call for emergency medical help. He died there in the house. (This
is what I was told by family members.)
His name was Derek. He has visited Ruby and myself many times. He was a young man, a son of Ruby's surviving sister (Ruby's other sister died from cancer).
Ruby and I were up most of the night. The police weren't allowed to tell us, for sure, that it was he, until the coroner had done his part. We were not allowed on the crime scene.
One of Ruby's daughters lives with her family in that same section of town (not the area where Ruby and I live). Within an hour of the shooting, several young black men were banging on her door, grabbing the door knob, and calling to be let in. Another family member who often hangs around with Derek visits there a lot, and we wonder if they were after him, too. (He wasn't there at the time.)
Daughter left the house to stay elsewhere for the time being.
Tragic scholar. Sorry for Ruby's loss. I don't know how you cope.
Here is a newspaper online
article, the first report I've seen.
But, the person named as the one who died--Zacchaeus J. Davis--is not the name of our nephew.
Everything else fits what we understand happened to Derek--multiple gunshot wounds outside the house, dying inside the house, on that street, at that time.
Redwolf, you have superior knowledge of police procedures. Would members of our family have been told it was Derek, without certainty?
If someone had stolen Derek's wallet and then were shot several times so as to destroy his face, I could imagine such a mistake being made. Stolen ID is not the first thing you expect when you check the wallet a man is carrying.
I fear it is more likely that someone typed in the wrong name in the article.
I just learned that Derek was adopted. The brother-in-law who lives with us has suggested to me that Derek could be known by another name because he
was not raised by his first parents.
But, the name in the article is completely unfamiliar to Brother-in-law.
Here is another article from TV news channels, with abbreviated information. It lists the same unfamiliar name.
If he is a thug, Derek could be his street name.
What a dreadful thing to happen, Scholar. Over here someone would have had to positively identify the body before the name was released to the press.
Adopted according to this. Hence the alias.
Thank you, Marymary.
I have only known him for a few years.
Your post gave me more information, coherently, than I have heard since this happened. Members of his close family are rather shaken.
That, at least, is a fitting obituary. Couple of things about the article did surprise me, though "alerted by a ShotSpotter" and "Davis was not transported to a hospital". Sounds like a wonderful community if they actually have need to detect gunfire, and that the victim was not automatically taken to the nearest hospital.
Scholars life experiences read like a James Cagney or George Raft film Top of the world Leigh top of the world
Your life is full of drama
So so sorry for Ruby's family
Sorry to hear this Scholar . Sounds like you need to move down south .
I thought the newspaper article was informative and kind.
I suspect the loss will be felt most keenly by the family who actually raised him.
Is there any chance scholar that you could find work in another State and move away from all the troubles that seem to plague you now you're married and living where you are? Maybe stay with the same company and move to where Waffler seems to live the good life? I think that if you want to enjoy middle age/old age you need to get away. There is nothing worth staying for as far as your posts imply.
Grey Hound is your friend
Regards, the Bear
We had Derek's funeral today.
One of my close relatives told me what he understands to be the background situation of the murder.
I trust that the day was one of celebration of his life, and not one of "if only". Of course it will be a sad day, but it need not be miserable, IYKWIM.