Murdered teen’s grandmother condemns ‘senseless’ violence

Posted at 7:40 PM, Aug 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-21 23:36:43-04

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Linda Love recalled the disturbing phone call she took from her grandson Trayveon, Thursday morning. It was minutes after the shooting death of her other grandson, Daquarius Love.

Linda Love recalled, "[Trayveon] start screaming in the phone, 'Grandma they shot Dee Dee! They shot Dee Dee, Granny!'"

Daquarius Love, 17, took his last breath near Peck and Hume just after midnight.
Muksegon Heights police said he was the victim of a drive-by shooting.

"And he happened to be the one that get hit in the chest with a bullet," his grandmother said.

Daquarius's cousin Trayveon was by his side, watching him slip away.
Love said her grandsons were headed to a party.

Jesus Godoy lives with his wife and four young kids just feet from the homicide.
The Godoys said they heard 5 or 6 gunshots and then screaming.

Police chief Lynne Gill said Love ran down the alley and collapsed in front of the post office.

James Doxey, Love's friend, said he saw him just hours before his death.

Doxey said, "I would never think it would've been him though, out of everybody. Never thought it would be Dee Dee."

The two played basketball together. Love even played AAU, as well as football.

"I drove my car miles and miles to make sure that they stayed out of trouble," his grandmother said.

However, tragedy surrounded the athlete in the Heights.

"His friend got killed," Linda Love recalled the death of Marquis Gresham.

Gresham was also shot and killed in the streets during a drive-by. Police said he was an innocent bystander. Chief Gill said seven murders have occurred this year.

Love's grandmother said, "For these kids to be out here shooting each other and killing each other senselessly, this does not make any sense."

She said her grandson spoke chilling words about refusing to live in fear.

"He said, 'I'm not scared to die grandma. If it's meant for me to die grandma, I'll die,'" she recalled sadly.

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