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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was killed outside of a gas station in a shooting on Friday night is speaking out.

Lucia McBath, who lives near Atlanta, said she wants to honor the memory of her son, Jordan Davis, and does not want his death to be divisive.

McBath said her son brought people together and it would be even more of a tragedy if his death divided people.

She said her son was at a really good point in his life. He was excited about a new job at McDonald’s, had just given the Thanksgiving prayer at a family gathering the day before and expressed how grateful to God he was for his family who loved him dearly.

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He aspired to join the military but his dreams were cut short at the age of 17.

“We call him our miracle baby. This is the day we brought him home,” she said, showing a baby picture of Jordan.

McBath remembers fondly the day her only child, Jordan Davis, came home. She calls him her miracle baby because she was on bed rest the entire time she was pregnant.

Next to the bed in her Jacksonville hotel room, pictures of Jordan through his childhood and her Bible. It’s her faith in God that she said will get her through this unimaginable time.

It was Friday night when she got the phone call no parent ever wants to get. It was Jordan’s father.

“He said Jordan’s dead. And I just lost it,” she said.

The 17-year-old Wolfson High junior was in the backseat of an SUV at a Southside gas station with three of his friends around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

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McBath says they had been out shopping on Black Friday and stopped at the gas station to get some snacks. Police say the man parked next to them, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, got into a confrontation with them over loud music coming from their car and opened fire, hitting Jordan several times.

“He just reached in his glove compartment and started shooting rounds, just unloading the gun in the car and from my understanding, he was really aiming first and foremost towards Jordan, but he continued to just shoot all the rounds,” McBath said.

Investigators say the teens had no weapons … McBath said childproof locks prevented her son from getting out.

“I just knew someone had shot him but I didn’t know why. Then when I found out it was just over loud music I couldn’t understand. Over loud music. You don’t like their music then so what. It’s just music and they are kids, they are teenagers and they all play their music loud. But that’s no reason to shoot, no reason to kill anyone,” she said.

6 Responses to JORDAN DAVIS

  • OBSERVER says:

    I am at a lost. Florida has that licensing for concealed weapon. Every family member and family of mine has a gun permit down there it’s seems so weird to me, when I enter their cars their guns are all in full display. Then I remember I’m in FL. This young man did not deserve such a horrible death. Having lived only 17 years and made his parents so proud is one to speak of. I hope God gives them the strength needed to find peace and solace. May they never again experience such hurt. SMDH.

    I pray God bind the demons that surrounded the shooter and you should pay for your crimes in the worst way………..THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH! You’re an evil creature and full of hate :mad:

  • simplicity says:

    you need the interview with the mom wen i sw it i had to cry is har one pickney nd she did a wait fi dead b4 him cu a two time she fite cancer she all pick her song,casket and all and bcu the door had on the safety lock him cuden even get out fast enuff how dare yuh kill the ppl dem kids fi loud music den turn ound a sey a self defense …kmft

  • OBSERVER says:

    To make matters worst that the same darn state that had our President hanging from a noose at a gas station……a hope a nuh di same gas station smh

  • soap opera says:

    Help us they are killing our kids for no reason.

  • milikeit says:


  • so sad!

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