Mother of shooting victim to discuss documentary on teen son’s death

4/22/2016, 6:59 a.m.
The case became a national sensation — an angry white man shooting into a car with four unarmed black teenagers ...
Poster from movie documentary

The case became a national sensation — an angry white man shooting into a car with four unarmed black teenagers for playing their music too loud. One teen was killed.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Virginia Union University will host a screening of a documentary on the 2012 shooting and killing in Jacksonville, Fla., and a discussion about the shocking tragedy that grew out of anger and hidden racial prejudice, it has been announced.

Organizers also announced that Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan R. Davis, the 17-year-old teen who died Nov. 23, 2012, in the hail of bullets, also will make a special appearance to speak about the case and the movie, “3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.”

Ms. McBath is now national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and is using her son’s case to highlight the group’s demands for change in gun laws.

The event, free and open to the public, will be at VUU’s Wall Auditorium in John M. Ellison Hall, 1500 N. Lombardy St.

Software developer Michael D. Dunn, 50, is serving a sentence of life plus 90 years following his murder conviction in 2014 in Jordan’s killing.

According to a summary of the case, Mr. Dunn, who lived near Miami, had traveled to Jacksonville for a wedding. The incident happened at a gas station. Mr. Dunn allegedly confronted the teens over the loud music from their car. After being rebuffed by the teens, he retrieved a gun and fired into the car, killing Jordan, but missing the others.

The Virginia NAACP Youth & College Division is working with the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, the advocacy group Brown Virginia and Ms. McBath’s organization to show the documentary and discuss its implications, the announcement states.

Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence of KISS FM, will moderate the discussion after the screening.

Kayal Hicks, director of African-American and Community Outreach for a pro-gun control educational fund, will be one of the panelists.

Information: Lynetta Thompson, (804) 982-8072 or vaycdnaacp.org or BrownVirginia.org.