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Wilson family in shock over airman's shooting death

Posted July 16, 2013

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— Through tears, the family of Shaquille Hargrove described his "million-dollar smile" Tuesday even as they mourned his untimely death.

Hargrove, 19, was shot Sunday outside a Denver bar. He was an Airman 1st Class stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., as a 2nd Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator. He had graduated from Wilson Fike High School in 2011.

"He didn't deserve to die like that," said his grandmother, Golynda Hargrove-Powell. Hargrove was the eldest of her 20 grandchildren. He joined the Air Force right after graduation with the intention of becoming a general. 

According to Denver police, Hargrove and another airman were shot when a fight broke out among a group of people outside the club. Hargrove died at the hospital. The other man was treated and released, police said. 

"If he saw trouble, he would leave," Hargrove-Powell said of her grandson. 

Air Force officials banned personnel from the club and surrounding area where Hargrove was shot while his death is investigated. "There was a need to take some action to make sure all 460th Space Wing personnel are safe," his commanding officer, Col. Dan Wright, said in a statement immediately after the shooting.

Denver's 9News reported that a cousin, also an airman, would escort Hargrove's body home to Wilson, where a wake is scheduled Friday with a funeral to follow on Saturday.

Hargrove-Powell said she was nearly hysterical when she heard of Hargrove's death. Family members compared it to a nightmare from which they could not wake.

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  • westernwake1 Jul 16, 2013

    Very tragic. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  • NuGamma Jul 16, 2013

    Rest peacefully Airman and condolences to his family and loved ones." May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest".

  • zacksmill Jul 16, 2013

    Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace and your family find comfort.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 16, 2013

    "I still have a serious problem with the news media trying to interview families that have lost loved ones immediately after the loss. Seems very cold and callous to me."

    It is cold and callous. This family has to be devastated over the loss of this young man. No media outlet should contact any family member until well after the funeral services have been held. Prayers to the family. The media should leave them alone.

  • beachboater Jul 16, 2013

    I am proud of any young man or woman who volunteers to serve his/her country. And this young man certainly had high aspirations of becoming a general.

    Condolences to the family.

    WRAL - I still have a serious problem with the news media trying to interview families that have lost loved ones immediately after the loss. Seems very cold and callous to me.

  • beachboater Jul 16, 2013

    "There was a need to take some action to make sure all 460th Space Wing personnel are safe," his commanding officer, Col. Dan Wright, said in a statement immediately after the shooting."

    It may have been to protect other patrons of the bar as well. Revenge is best served cold.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Jul 16, 2013

    Rest in peace Airman, hopefully the culprit{s} will be brought to swift justice.

  • stymieindurham Jul 16, 2013

    Wow, that's sad. Rest well Airman-

  • jenniegreen Jul 16, 2013

    Rest in peace hero!

  • The Soldier Jul 16, 2013

    He may have been an airman, But he is a brother in arms. We as Soldiers , Seaman , Marine's , and Airmen all talk bad about the other branch's but in the end we will fight and die beside you in combat! You will be missed. It is sad that some coward did this! God bless to the family of this Airman.

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