WASHINGTON - There was a huge outpouring of grief and support Wednesday night in Northwest D.C. following the death of an 18-year-old shot to death last weekend in Maryland.
Music and tears brought hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers together for a vigil to remember Brian Davis. He was gunned down early Sunday morning on Walker Mill Road in Prince George's County. He had been hanging out with a group of friends when someone started firing at the group.
Davis was one of two people killed that morning while four others were also shot.
While police handed out fliers at the vigil offering a cash reward of $25,000 for information about who killed Davis, family and friends, young and old, huddled together on a basketball court. Some held candles, flowers and balloons talking about the 18-year-old and sharing memories and stories – some through tears – as the pain remained fresh.
“You all don't understand the pain I feel,” the victim’s cousin told the crowd at the vigil. “I was there. I watched my cousin die. There was nothing I could do.”
“We don't need to gather like this,” said Davis’ uncle, Sean Snow. “We need to socialize on the regular like this, come together, keep it peaceful and let’s move on so we can see another day. Brian is not going to see another day on this Earth.”
“You see this on TV about how impactful someone is,” said Tanika Dyson, Davis’ sister. “To be 18, he has impacted so many people's lives, especially mine.”
Proof of that impact came from a close friend and mentor. It was announced at the vigil that the mentoring program at TWA Middle School, where Davis once attended, would be named after him.
“He went too soon,” said Snow. “He went far too soon.”
A second person, 14-year-old Todd Webb, was also fatally shot in the same area shortly after Davis was killed. Prince George’s County police arrested 22-year-old Bravon Freeman in Webb’s death.