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'He always had a smile on his face': Family and friends remember boy shot to death in Davenport

'He always had a smile on his face': Family and friends remember boy shot to death in Davenport

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Orange balloons dotted the sky over the Mississippi River Friday evening, as family members and friends of Devell Johnson Jr., gathered to remember his all-too-short life. 

Devell, 12, was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Davenport, while he was riding his bike with three friends in an alley between 13th and 14th streets at Marquette.

Devell was a smart young man with many hobbies, his grandma, Angela Lee, said.

"He loved to swim, he loved to dance, and most of all, he loved to play basketball," Lee said.

Lee's sister and Johnson's great aunt, Veda Reaves, added that Johnson could most often be found playing basketball or video games. 

"He always had a smile on his face. Every time you'd see him, he was smiling," Reaves said.

The crowd came together shortly after 5 p.m. Friday to release orange balloons — Devell's favorite color — and to share a moment of silence for the boy and those affected by his death.

Witnesses said a black SUV stopped at the alley around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and someone in the vehicle shot about 8 shots toward the boys.

Devell was struck and appeared to have died at the scene, witnesses said. Another boy was shot and taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. The two others, one an 18-year-old man, were unharmed.

De'an Humphrey, the 18-year-old, of Hannibal, Missouri, was arrested after a short foot chase near the scene. He was charged with interfering with official acts with a weapon and carrying weapons, but he is not a person of interest in the shooting, Sikorski said.

No arrests have been made.


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