Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tears, Disbelief at the Vigil for Slain 17-Year-Old; Jordan Davis Was Shot in What Police Said Was a Dispute over Loud Music

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tears, Disbelief at the Vigil for Slain 17-Year-Old; Jordan Davis Was Shot in What Police Said Was a Dispute over Loud Music

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Byline: Charles Broward

Maurice Ivory said Jordan Russell Davis was "a man" who respected himself and always got his two cents in, never letting anyone talk down on him. But there's no reason, he said, that his friend deserved to be killed.

"There's no way a 17-year-old should have lost his life at that gas station." Ivory, 16, said Wednesday evening outside of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home on San Jose Boulevard. He had just attended the viewing for his slain friend five days after he was shot during an argument over loud music at a Gate Food Post store on Southside Boulevard, according to police.

"Jordan is just usually so alive," Ivory said. "He had a million-dollar smile; he was always smiling. To see him with his mouth closed is just sad."

Davis' accused shooter, 45-year-old Michael David Dunn, waived his first court appearance in Jacksonville Wednesday morning after being extradited Tuesday from Brevard County. The Melbourne man was charged with second-degree murder.

Dunn's attorney, Robin Lemonidis, also of Melbourne, stated her client "absolutely" saw someone with a shotgun in the red sport-utility vehicle next to his car at the convenience store that night.

Lemonidis has said Dunn fired in self-defense and it will be shown that he "acted appropriately." She would only say that "we'll see" if Florida's Stand Your Ground law would be part of her defense.

Dunn's next court appearance will be Dec. 19. He is being held in the Duval County jail without bail.

Assistant State Attorney Mark Caliel wouldn't comment on Lemonidis' statement that a shotgun was pointed at Dunn.

Lemonidis said her client is "devastated that anyone was harmed in this instance." And as to whether alcohol was a factor, as Dunn had just left his son's wedding, Lemonidis said no.

She has said the teens drove off after Dunn fired at them, and he fired four shots as they left to "make sure they did not fire the shotgun." She said the teens apparently got rid of the weapon before returning to the store. The SUV was seen at the shooting scene as police investigated Friday night.

But Ivory and others at the viewing dismissed any claims that Davis would be in the presence of guns, returning from some holiday shopping with friends. …

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