Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Another Family Mourns; Woman's Grandsons Are Persons of Interest in the Slaying of DreShawna Davis

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Another Family Mourns; Woman's Grandsons Are Persons of Interest in the Slaying of DreShawna Davis

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

Since last week, the same thought has come to Jacksonville grandmother Barbara DuBose's mind each night before her heavy heart surrenders to the sleep her body craves.

"That dead baby," Dubose, 56, said Tuesday, dabbing tears as she talked in her apartment at Cleveland Arms, where she raised her grandson Rasheem DuBose.

"I'm thinking, did the first bullet take her, right there and then?"

A week ago tonight, 8-year-old Jacksonville girl DreShawna Davis died when gunfire tore into her Third Avenue home as she played video games with two younger cousins.

Since then, police have called DuBose's three grandsons -- Rasheem DuBose, 22, Terrell DuBose, 20, and Tajuan DuBose, 18 -- persons-of-interest in the homicide case. Authorities believe the shooting was a retaliatory attack on the girl's uncle. He was also inside the Third Avenue residence when bullets began flying.

After four days on the run, authorities arrested the DuBose brothers Sunday night after a 50-year-old Arletha Road man said they broke into his home. Inside, police also found a shotgun the resident said wasn't his.

While Barbara DuBose is worried that her grandsons are already considered guilty of a murder police haven't charged them with, her emotions are complicated these days.

The woman said Tuesday she knows her grandsons have arrest records and aren't angels. But DuBose said she wants to believe they aren't the killers who left a different Jacksonville family to mourn the stolen future of a little girl who was getting ready to start fourth grade.

"You look at little children, innocent babies. How can grown people shoot innocent babies?" DuBose said of the crime.

While working to support Rasheem, DuBose said she raised him to know right from wrong and "to be a decent human being," something she believes all three of her grandsons are.

Rasheem DuBose worked as an air-conditioning repairman and moving company employee in the last couple years, when he also became a father to his now 2-year-old daughter. Before that, he went to Raines High School and Northwestern Middle School.

While his younger brothers lived with their mother, who was only 16 when Rasheem was born, Barbara DuBose said the three enjoyed plenty of family time together. …

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