Created: September 18, 2020 11:12 PM
Over 250 people gathered for a memorial ride from Albany to Troy in honor of 11-year-old Ayshawn Davis Friday night.
The goal was to show unity among Capital Region communities that are tired of ongoing gun violence.
Organizer Julio Santana said after hearing about Ayshawn's murder, he thought about his own kids and wanted to do something.
So he put the word out about a ride from Albany to Troy. He said he instantly got a lot of interest.
"People are coming from Johnstown, Cobleskill, Saugerties like they're coming from everywhere,” Santana said. "We definitely need to make some noise, to go over there and show them that the community cares, to show them that there's unity, to show them there's people here. That was the whole point of doing it and it got a little bigger than I thought."
Numerous police agencies from Albany to Troy stepped in to escort the ride from Arbor Hill Park to the scene where Ayshawn was killed on Old Sixth Avenue. Then they traveled to Ayshawn's family home on 3rd Avenue.
"I appreciate all the support that you are giving all the love that you're showing,” Ayshawn’s father Tarence Davis said to the crowd. "For him to be sitting playing on the stoop, minding his business he should be still here…He was an angel sent by God you know what I mean. He died at the age of 11 and look at how many people he touched. What he did people in 30 years couldn't do."
Davis and many others cried out together, calling for change.
“We need lawyers, we need doctors,” Davis said. “Look at us, look at us, we're losing bad, very bad, as a country, as people, as a human being we're losing very bad."
The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Ayshawn keeps growing.
On Friday, the Albany County Sheriff's Office announced a partnership with American Shooter Supply and Trustco Bank to add another $15,000 to the $10,000 already offered by the FBI.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this developing story.
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