Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ruskin Student Killed on Thanksgiving

De Ja Davis
De Ja Davis, a junior at Ruskin High School, was killed on Thanksgiving day while visiting her godmother, Loretta Petty, age 53, who was also killed.
Police were called to the 6600 block of Bellefontaine at 10pm on Thanksgiving night on a suspected robbery in progress. When police arrived on scene, they were met by Loretta’s husband, Jerry, who fired shots at the officers. KCPD officers returned fire and killed Petty.
Following an Operation 100, police entered the home and discovered De Ja and Loretta, who were found dead. Another woman inside the home was initially arrested, but later found to be a friend who was able to hide during the shootings.
De Ja, age 16, had excellent grades (all As and Bs) and was a member of the debate team at RHS, said Hickman Mills C-1 District Spokesman John Baccala.
Students created a makeshift memorial near the school’s front office, signing their condolences on a large poster. Many of the messages from her classmates told of De Ja’s kindness to others.
Family and friends also gathered with De Ja’s mother, Stephanie, and Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks at a park for a balloon release in De Ja’s memory.

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