Darryl Davis Jr. never got to meet his son.
Davis was shot to death a year ago over a $250 loan he gave to a co-worker, according to court testimony. His girlfriend was two months pregnant when he died and gave birth to their child, Dakota, in August.
Kim Smith, Davis' mother, said it breaks her heart to know her grandson won't get to know his father.
“I look at him, and I see my son,” Kim Smith said. “He was ready to be a dad. He wanted to teach his son how to play football and wrestle and play guitar.”
Davis attended Del City High School. He played football and wrestled, but dropped out after his father died. He went back to school, got his diploma from Capitol Hill and went to plumbing school.
Smith said he went to work at a furniture store to help pay for the baby's expenses.
“He was doing what he was supposed to do,” Smith said. “He was an expectant father working to try to provide.”
Police and prosecutors charged Davis' co-worker, Christian Cortuan Castro, 22, with his murder. Another co-worker, Nelson Troy Williams, was charged with accessory to murder. Williams testified against Castro at a July preliminary hearing.
Williams said he and Castro drove to the furniture store on Jan. 23 to talk to Davis about $250 he loaned to Castro two nights earlier. Davis insisted the money would be paid back with interest.
Davis followed Castro and Williams to SW 8 and Brookline a few blocks away from the furniture store. Williams said Castro then went to Davis car and shot him once in the head.
Castro and Williams are set for trial in March.
Smith said a year later, she thinks about her son every day. She works at a nursing home and said Davis often volunteered with her at the home.
“Some days I'm OK, and sometimes you just break down. You can't control it,” Smith said.
“He was such an outgoing and friendly person. He was always for the underdog. If someone was getting picked on, he stood up for them.”
Some days I'm OK, and sometimes you just break down. You can't control it.”
Mother of Darryl Davis,