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Outpouring of support for family of Ayshawn Davis

Kumi Tucker
Updated: September 16, 2020 09:03 PM
Created: September 16, 2020 07:13 PM

TROY -- All day at Ayshawn's home, people were coming by to pay their respects -- neighbors, friends, and strangers. 

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Ayshawn Davis was just 11 years old, a cheerful and happy kid who lost his life in gunfire in Troy Sunday night.

Police say he was standing with a group on Old Sixth Avenue and was hit by a bullet when someone opened fire from a car. 

"If it was my child or anybody else's, it's ridiculous," said Ayshawn's mother, Latoya Alston, through tears.  "They're out here trying to kill these babies for no reason."

People left tributes nearby in his memory. 

Thousands of dollars have come in now for the family. 

"My original goal was $10,000," said Jimmy's Pizzeria owner Tony Buchanan, who started one of the funds. "We eclipsed that in 24 hours."

Ayshawn helped out at Jimmy's. Buchanan says he's getting calls from all over the country. 

"It just shows how many people he touched in his short life, that my employees draw pictures of him, people from throughout the country are reaching out," said Buchanan.  
 
Employees at Snowman in Troy donated pooled tip money to Ayshawn's family. 

There's also a planned motorcycle ride from Albany to Troy in his honor Friday night. 

"It's very overwhelming. It's been amazing," said Ayshawn's father, Tarence Davis, of the community support. 

"We didn't expect any of this," said Alston.  "Everybody is coming together." 

"My son touched a lot of people, touched a lot of people's hearts," added Davis. 

Police say detectives continue to work hard on this case and that outside agencies are assisting. 

People have also donated thousands of dollars for a reward to find Ayshawn's killer.  
 
"I want somebody to step forward and say what they got to say. Turn yourself in. If you don't, whatever happened in the dark comes to the light. And the Lord don't lie," said Davis.  

"My baby is going to show me who did it. He's going to show us who killed him," said Alston. "Believe it. Believe it."


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