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Attorney for Jordan Davis' family turns the music up

11:39 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- "Strawberry Letter 23" filled Ortega on Friday night as car radios and stereos were turned up for Jordan Davis.

Police say an altercation over loud music led to the shooting death of 17-year-old Davis at a Southside gas station on Nov. 23.

At a visitation on Friday, family and friends in Georgia said goodbye to the Wolfson High School student.

"The words are very special, the song is very special," said John Phillips, the Davis family's attorney.

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Phillips was not able to attend today's visitation but said the relationship goes deeper than just lawyer-client.

"They've been friends of the family, friends of that friend for 20 years," Phillips said.

At a Toys for Tots fundraiser, Phillips dedicated time to Davis by turning up "Strawberry Letter 23," a song picked by Davis' family.

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"It's been characterized as loud music, a teenage thing or a black/white thing. I'm 37 years old, got grey in my beard and when I'm driving around and I hear a song I like, I turn it up," Phillips said.

Phillips says Davis' family likes the idea of turning up the music and can feel the support of friends and strangers.

"The family has been dragged into the media spotlight before they've even had the chance to bury their son and the good is they're seeing where there is such an outpouring of love from so many different directions and there can be an opportunity to change things positively through this case, through Jordan Davis' life," Phillips said.

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