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Dozens turned up the music on 1 year anniversary of teen's death

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Updated: 11/23/2013 11:36 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens of people gathered at Latham Plaza Saturday to mark the one year anniversary of 17-year-old Jordan Davis' death.

Many came to celebrate his life and to "turn up the music" in his honor. Davis' best friend Lloyd Haynes said the shooting that claimed his friend's life changed many lives.

"It's bringing a lot of people together in many different ways," said Haynes.

Haynes said it feels like only yesterday that he had what became their last conversation.

"He was just telling me how they were going out Black Friday shopping. I was supposed to meet up with him later on but other things happened," said Haynes.

It was that night on Nov. 23, 2012 that Davis was shot and killed while sitting inside an SUV at a Gate gas station in the Southside. The shooting stemmed from an argument over loud music between Davis and the suspect, Michael Dunn.

For Davis' parents Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, it’s a day they will never forget. But they told friends and family not to mourn their son but to instead remember his legacy.

"We want Jordan's legacy to be a legacy of tolerance and that means if we have to try to change the laws so people are more tolerant of those that don't look like them, don't think like them, don't act like them," said McBath.

For the past year, McBath and Davis have fought to amend or repeal the controversial stand your ground law. McBath said she'll be speaking about the issue before the National Black Caucus in Memphis next month.

The memorial ended with a candlelight vigil and balloon release.

In just three months, McBath and Davis will come face to face with their son's alleged killer when Dunn's trial begins on Feb. 3 in Duval County.

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nativejax - 11/24/2013 7:27 PM
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WHY is Actionn News or ANY news giving these THUGS the spotlight for basically breaking the law? "Dozens turned up the stupid noise, they call music"? Then arrest them all for disturbing the peace. LOUD sounds, music, that is so loud it shakes and rattles windows. sets off debilitating migraines. IT IS DISTURBING THE PEACE THAT GOD INTENDED US TO LIVE IN.

Realchange - 11/24/2013 12:02 PM
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Did news forget to mention the new sport taking place amongst black youth in cities with no stand your ground laws and no guns allowed? It's called "knockout" where a bunch of black teens edge one their own to attack a white victim and knock them out in one punch. Should the person fight back they end up getting beat to death by the gang. So much for tolerance and understanding. One case were the teenager killed an unarmed man for no reason they only got 18 mos. Spare us this "stand your ground law needs to be changed". Its vision where every thug on the corner gets a victim they know has no guns or way to defend themselves.
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