Washington D.C. police are offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection to the shooting death of Davon McNeal of Southeast D.C., an 11-year-old boy murder on Fourth of July.
Davon’s grandfather, John Ayala, spoke to WUSA9 about the horrifying shooting, finding Davon dead.
“He was just getting out of a car to go get a charger to charge his phone while he was going to a cookout, that’s it,” Ayala said. “And when he stepped out the car, the shots rang, and he fell to the ground. The mother thought that he was ducking to not get hit and came to find out he had got shot.”
Davon’s family explained that the shooting was near a holiday cookout.
Ayala said his grandson loved playing sports, especially football. But he also was by his mother’s side while she has taken donations, hosted events and set up cookouts to create awareness against street violence, Ayala said.
“Eleven-year-old son is right on the side seeing that stuff, getting that role model, you know, and that was what we need in the Black community,” Ayala said.
“Everybody’s just saying they’re just tired – tired of the shootings in the community,” said John Ayala, who is also a DC Guardian Angel, “Everybody’s running around here thinking they’re Uzi-toting, dope-sucking, psychopathic killing machines and they’re just destroying lives. We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying, ‘Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.’ Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?”
Ayala said his grandson isn’t the first child in D.C. to be shot and killed by being at the wrong place at the wrong time, then he said he won’t be the last.
“It’s not gonna stop with him (Davon),” he said. “There’s going be another young kid that’s going be shot and killed if we don’t get out here and try to put a dent in it, or stop it completely.
“He was with his mother, going to do a positive cookout for the community. And just in a matter of seconds, stepping out to get the charger, he was shot,” Ayala added.
Mayor Muriel Bowser also tweeted her condolences to the family of McNeal, urging the public for their help.
“A mother lost her 11 year old son to gun fire tonight,” Bowser tweeted.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s text tip line by sending a text message to 50411.