Emotional goodbyes at Jordan Davis' visitation | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Family and friends of 17-year-old Jordan Davis said goodbye at his memorial service in Mandarin on Wednesday night.
The teen was killed Friday night during a shooting that police say stemmed from an altercation over loud music at a Southside gas station.
"Everybody was still talking about it like how they can't believe it, and all you hear is 'Jordan, you know, why'd you have to go,' you know," said Desiree Santos, one of Jordan's friends from school.
It was a heartbreaking experience for so many who love Jordan Davis. Friends, family members, classmates and teachers gathered at the Hardage-Garden Funeral Home of Mandarin to say goodbye to a young man gone too soon.
"He was always smiling. You know, he had a big million-dollar smile, always smiling and you know, just seeing him with his mouth closed, it's sad," says Maurice Ivory, who has been friends with Jordan for three years.
A 17-year-old senior at Wolfson High School, Jordan Davis was looking forward to graduation and to joining the Marine Corps, but his dreams were shattered in a moment of violence.
"It's hard to see somebody else's child, anybody's child in a casket you know over loud music. It's senseless. And then they toting guns? Them boys don't tote guns, everybody, all of them, you know they have a future ahead of them. He had a future, it was taken from him," says Yvonne Williams, the parent of two of Jordan's friends.
Williams said her two boys were supposed to go to the mall with Jordan that Friday night, but she didn't let them go. She said it could have been anybody's child.
"I'm not saying words weren't said back and forth, but they are kids and they are teenagers. They are the average boys, but for you to pull out a gun and shoot. He could of shot not just Jordan but anybody," said Williams.
One of Jordan's teachers shared memories about the teen with his mother and said that despite how hard this is for the entire family, they are getting through it together.
"We were just discussing how he was in the cusp of coming into his own, just seeing all the opportunities that were before him and the Lord decided that that's when he needed to take him, and she was like 'I don't know what his greater purpose is, but obviously he needed him up there more than he needed him here,' and she said that with a smile on her face and I'm thinking what strength is: this woman drawing from at this point to be able to say something like that to me," said Carolyn Aponte, Jordan's former teacher.
The family will be holding another viewing for family and friends in Marietta, Ga. on Friday, November 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory, 2480 Macland Road. Funeral services will then be held Saturday, December 1st at noon at Trinity Chapel Church of God, 4665 Macland Road, Powder Springs, Georgia.
The accused shooter, Michael Dunn, is in custody and charged with second degree murder and attempted murder.