Teen victim's father hopes to prevent tragedies
Updated On: Dec 04 2012 06:48:14 PM EST
The father of 17-year-old Jordan Davis says he's now making it his mission to try to prevent more tragedies like the one his family experienced a week and a half ago when his teenage son was shot and killed.
Among his goals -- getting rid of the state's "stand your ground" law.
Police say Davis (pictured, below) was killed during a confrontation over loud music at the Gate gas station at the corner of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road the day after Thanksgiving.
Since then the case has gained national attention.
"I love my son. I love you, Jordan. I love him," Ron Davis said Tuesday.
He looked at a picture of his son, thinking about the moments he'll never be able to share with him, like preparing the high school junior for the job he was supposed to start at McDonald's three days after he was killed.
"He said, 'Dad, you have to show me how to shave,' and I was so looking forward to helping him shave on Monday, and he was also looking forward to getting his first car," Davis said.
Now, Davis' calling is to make sure his son's legacy lives on.
"The only thing I can do for me is cry because I've lost my loved one, but if I can make his legacy that he helped other children that are in the same situation and keep other children from getting into the same situation, then I think I've honored Jordan's name."
His top priority is to get rid of the "stand your ground" law -- a law Michael Dunn's attorney may use in his defense. Dunn is the man accused of killing Jordan Davis.
"The 'stand your ground' law is such a gray area," Davis said. "You misinterpret a look, you misinterpret something, a movement that I do, you can stand your ground and say that you feel threatened."
His other mission is to get handguns out of the public realm.
"The handgun violence has gotten out of control, and we as a society are getting barbaric as we're going back to the wild west, where everybody has a gun, allowed to have a gun, and when something goes wrong, something you don't like, then you pull your gun," Davis said.
It was a choice to pull the trigger eight or nine times at an SUV full of teens, according to police.
That took the life of Davis' son, his best friend, the boy he hoped to stand next to at the altar one day, a day he now will never see.
"And the last thing would be his first time that he falls in love and maybe get married and me standing there while he gets married, and those are the things the immediate things that I'm going to miss that I'm not going to be able to do," Davis said.
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