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Family, friends come together to honor life of Durham boy killed in drive-by shooting

Posted October 19, 2019 7:15 p.m. EDT
Updated November 5, 2019 7:13 p.m. EST

— The family of a Durham boy killed in a August drive-by shooting held a celebration Saturday on what would have been his 10th birthday.

Dozens of people came out to Worthdale Park in Raleigh for Z'yon Person's birthday. The pavilion was decked with a large number of red balloons, which was Z'yon's favorite color. His family even went as far as getting customized chip bags and juice pouches made for him.

Z'yon was shot in the forehead while riding in a car near Duke and Leon streets in Durham on Aug. 18. His aunt was taking him and some of his family members to get snow cones at Pelican's Snoballs.

Antonio Nathaniel “Lil Tony” Davenport Jr., 24, was charged Tuesday morning in his death at the Durham County jail, where he was already being held on charges from a prior domestic violence case, police said in a written statement.

Z'yon's grandmother, Sandra Person, said Saturday matters to reflect the life her grandson left behind.

"He would have been 10 years. My grandson would have been 10 years old today," Person said. "You know, we're celebrating his birthday because it's his day. He's not here because he's here spiritually, not physically, but he's here."

Pelican's made a donation to Z'yon's family. His grandmother said the 19th of every month will always be a special day for her.