Family, friends hold vigil for Dover shooting victim

Whitney Coffee and Damon Butler of Dover hang a banner  Friday night in tribute to Dashawn Friend who lost his life outside Pine Grove Apartments Thursday morning. (Delaware State News photo by Dave Chambers)

Whitney Coffee and Damon Butler of Dover hang a banner Friday night in tribute to Dashawn Friend who lost his life outside Pine Grove Apartments Thursday morning. (Delaware State News photo by Dave Chambers)

DOVER— Family and friends held a candlelight memorial service Friday evening to remember the life of Dashawn Friend.

“He was a great and loving kid, said Jenay Friend, the victim’s aunt. I helped raise him I played a big part in his life.

“He was funny and had a great spirit.

“No matter who you were he could bring a smile to your face. He was outgoing, charming and had a spirit that bought joy to you.”

Mr. Friend was shot and killed in the parking lot of Pine Grove Apartments on Webbs Lane in Dover Thursday morning. Two Dover men, Fchante Robertson, 27, of the 900 block of Whatcoat Drive, and James R. White, 30, of the unit block of Salisbury Road, were arrested in connection with the shooting

About three-dozen people covered the site with balloons and candles. They all gathered around each other, held hands and recounted some of their fondest memories of Mr. Friend.

They also prayed and played some of Mr. Friend’s favorite songs from the speaker of a car.

As people started to cry Ms. Friend comforted them and told each individual everything will be fine.

“We’re all angry,” Ms. Friend said. “No parent should ever have to bury their child, but it happened and because it happened, as you can see from the outcome, you can see that my nephew was much loved.”

Ms. Friend also continued to stress that she didn’t want anyone to retaliate.

“Everyone was talking about what they wanted to do and I understand that, but what I’m not going to allow is for anyone to retaliate because it’s not worth it,” Ms. Friend said.

“That’s just going to lead to another mother crying because of the death of their child. It’s not right.

“This shouldn’t be happening,” Ms. Friend added. “He was only 19. He was robbed of his manhood. He’ll never get to have kids, or never have a chance to go to college. I want it to stop. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of hearing about a young African American male getting shot.

“Everyone is mad about cops killing young African American males but we’re out here killing each other.”

After a few remarks from family and friends everyone let their balloons go and watched them fly in the sky as they said their final goodbye to Mr. Friend.

“I want everyone to come together and I just want it to stop,” Ms. Friend said. “We’re going to make this a happy moment. We’re not going to be sad. We’re all here for one purpose and that’s to remember my nephew.”

Friends and family members have written tributes to the late Dashawn Friend on the parking lot of Pine Grove Apartments.

Friends and family members have written tributes to the late Dashawn Friend on the parking lot of Pine Grove Apartments.

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