It has not been nine months since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. Now, another black teenager has been laid to rest after being killed under suspicious circumstances.
Michael David Dunn, the 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville recently weekend for his son’s wedding. According to records, on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, 17, a student at a Jacksonville magnet school, Samuel W. Wolfson High, in a SUV in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music. Davis and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Davis was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt. Dunn’s attorney said her client acted responsibly and in self-defense. Dunn claims to have felt “threatened” before opening fire. According to the father of the teen, the teenager died in the arms of his friend in the car. He was unarmed, and there were no guns found in the car or in the area.
Dunn was arrested at his home on Saturday and charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail.
Davis’ funeral was held on Saturday, December 1. His parents plan to create a foundation “for at risk students that suffer from tragedies, in his memory”.
“Such a bright light to have had in my life,” said Lexi Allaway on a memorial page set up for the young man. “The joy he had was indescribable. My heart and prayers go out to all of the friends and family that were touched by his sweet spirit. Love always.”
Sabrina Flynn also expressed sympathy to the family noting that Davis is now a sweet angel who was taken too soon and will never be forgotten.
“As a mother of a black son in Florida, I am afraid,” she added. “Something has to change, and soon. May your death no be in vain, may it be a rallying cry to fight this type of senseless violence.”