JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Candlelight lit up the night sky as hundreds gathered at the friendship fountain with heavy hearts. A memorial for 17-year-old Jordan Davis was also a time to remember this killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
While Davis' father is still grieving, he sent out this message to this just learning to cope with their loss. "I just want to send a message out to Connecticut, to Sandy Brook Elementary School that you have my love and my heart and I'll be praying for you," says Ron Davis.
Jordan Davis was killed last month at a Southside gas station after an argument over loud music. With so much pain and tragedy just before the holidays those who attended Saturday's vigil say the community needs to come together as a whole to make a difference. "We're going to have to hold corporations accountable for selling weapons. We're going to have to do something about the gun laws in this country. And we're going to have to do something about the crime that actually takes place in our own communities," says SCLC President Pastor R.L. Gundy.
And as communities here in Jacksonville, up in Connecticut, and the rest of the nation mourn over the loses, Davis' father is pleading for the whole nation to hear his message. "We need to stop letting our kids just die in the street. They can't play hopscotch, they can't ride their bicycles, they can't swing in the park, because some body may draw down on somebody else and they may be collateral damage. So please help us in this cause," he says.