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Vigil honors Jordan Davis on the anniversary of his death

11:11 PM, Nov 23, 2013   |    comments
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Jordan Davis' parents honor their son at a vigil ceremony exactly one year after he was shot and killed.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- On the anniversary of Jordan Davis' death, family, friends, and community members gathered at Latham Plaza in Jacksonville Beach to honor and celebrate his life.

One by one, candles were lit to remember Jordan Davis, 17, the Wolfson High School student shot and killed last Black Friday at a Gate gas station. Police say that night Jordan and his friends were inside an SUV when Michael Dunn, 45, of Brevard County was parked next to them.

Police say an argument over loud music led to Dunn pulling the trigger and shooting into the car, striking Davis and forever changing the lives of his loved ones.

"You raise them up, you teach them everything you're going to teach them, you're still parenting that person and for somebody to take that person away from you, it just tears your heart out and breaks your heart out into pieces," said Ron Davis, Jordan's father.

Music was the theme of the night. Several took the stage to sing their hearts out, but the real message was that Jordan's legacy will live on by trying to change gun laws.

"We don't want people to be able to use the law to hide behind their fear," said Lucia McBath, Jordan's mother.

Dunn told police he saw a weapon in the car the teenagers were in and he felt threatened, but police say the teens were not armed and there was never a weapon found. Police say that night Dunn left the scene of the shooting and drove back to his Jacksonville hotel room with his girlfriend and the next morning headed back to his home in Satellite Beach without notifying police, but officers were already waiting for him when he arrived.

"We've not been able to have any closure, we're looking forward not to the trial but we are looking forward to finding some closure fairly soon," said McBath.

Dunn begins his trial in February. He is being held without bond.

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