Jordan Davis’ father talks about his son’s death after 9 years
Jacksonville, Florida. – As the jury deliberates on the trial of the three men accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a local father recalls his son’s agonizing case.
Tuesday marks nine years since Jordan Davis, 17, was murdered at a gas station in Jacksonville. The showdown on rock music began with 54-year-old Michael Dunn.
Dunn fired 10 bullets at an SUV with Davis and three of his friends. He claimed it was self-defense, claiming he saw the teens point a gun at him. The police never found a weapon, other than Dunn.
It changed Davis’ parents’ life forever.
“As the years go by, you start to celebrate more than sad,” his father, Ron Davis, told News4Jax.
He is using this bleak occasion to celebrate the number of families his son’s legacy has helped. The family launched the Jordan Davis Foundation, which focuses on feeding the hungry and providing scholarships to local children.
Jordan’s mother, Lucy McBath, used her program to pay for peace with organizations such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She ran for a congressional seat in the Atlanta area and won.
Macpath and Ron Davis sat together not for one trial, but for two until their son’s killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Dan’s first trial ended in a wrongful trial.
Ron Davis now comforts the Arbery family. He visited them in Brunswick Thursday.
“I’ve been there,” he said. “I have been through trials. I have been just waiting for judgments.”
Sees parallels: racial division, self-defense argument, call for false trial.
Ron Davis said he hopes justice will be served in the case. Ironically, the case went to jury Tuesday, the day marking nine years since Jordan Davis’ death. Ron Davis hopes other families can find comfort and support as they go through difficult times.
“I just want to thank Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida community for always remembering that Jordan Davis was there, that he was loved by his family and November 23 will always be in their minds,” said Ron Davis.
He noted that society helps sustain his son’s legacy.
Jordan Davis’ brother and friends are holding a memorial meeting near the gas station where the shooting took place. It’s Tuesday night starting at 8 on Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard.
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