‘I didn’t get to hug or kiss you goodbye:’ Jordan Davis’ mom honors him on anniversary of his death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tuesday marks nine years since a Jacksonville teen was killed following an argument over loud music on the city’s Southside.

Action News Jax reported in 2012 when Jordan Davis, 17, and three friends stopped at the Gate gas station at Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard to buy gum.

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Michael Dunn, Davis’ convicted killer, pulled into an adjacent parking space, and asked the boys to turn their music down.

Ultimately, Dunn and Davis exchanged words, and Dunn shot repeatedly into the Dodge Durango that carried the teens, killing Davis.

The murder drew national media coverage and came amid increased scrutiny of the deaths of young Black men.

Rep. Lucy McBath, the teen’s mother, continues to honor his legacy, sharing a statement on the anniversary of his death, along with a throwback photo of the two.

In the statement posted on social media, she wrote:

“Today marks nine years since my son, Jordan, was shot for playing his music. It was Black Friday in 2012.

Jordan, I didn’t get to hug or kiss you goodbye. You were only 17 with your whole life ahead of you. My heart is still broken.

I want you to know I am carrying out your legacy. You wanted to fight for change—and now, together, we are working toward that vision. No other families should have to experience the pain of losing a loved one.

Nine years later, you still inspire me every single day. I miss you, and I cherish those 17 years we had together. Though you no longer walk among us, your spirit is with those who hold you close, and your spirit lives in me.

I’m so proud of you. I will always be your Mom.”

Following her son’s death, McBath left her 30-year career as a flight attendant to become the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and took office in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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Ron Davis, the teen’s father, also shared posts online in memory of Jordan, including a post about meeting in his remembrance Tuesday night.

Action News Jax reported in 2020 when the Florida Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal by Dunn.

He is sentenced to life in prison.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.