Revenge unlikely a motive in Fayetteville man's shooting death, police say
Posted June 27, 2014 4:50 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2014 6:48 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — Police say they don't believe revenge was a motive in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man who spoke out during a Fayetteville City Council meeting last month about violence at a troubled apartment complex.
Ravon Detrail Jordan died of his wounds at a local hospital Monday after police say he was injured during a gunfight on Grandview Drive in Fayetteville just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
He had been at a house party when, police say, gang members fired at least 70 shots.
Jordan told City Council members on May 12 that the city needed to shut down Barrington Place, where his best friend, Shaniqua Simmons, and her boyfriend were killed May 1.
The crime was the second double homicide this year at the apartments, which used to be called Cambridge Arms.
Some family members, including his grandmother, say they worry that Jordan was shot for speaking out against the violence.
A police spokesman said Friday that detectives looked at that possibility but "there is nothing at this time to indicate that Mr. Jordan's death had anything to do with retaliation at Cambridge Arms."
"I believe it was accidental," Jordan's mother, Felicia Jordan, said Friday.
Reeling from the loss of her son, Felicia Jordan said the shooting should be a lesson for the community and that she hopes her son's stand before city leaders will continue to make waves.
"He just got tired of seeing people dying from violence," she said. "It wasn't something that he liked seeing – losing people – it was just becoming too much."
City Council member Mitch Colvin called Ravon Jordan's death a tragedy.
"This is the wake-up call for this community to step up and address the issue of gun violence," he said. "We are going to make it a priority to address this problem."
Colvin says some ideas up for consideration include a gun-buyback program and reaching out to the U.S. Attorney's Office for help.
"We need to get some of these guns off the street," he said.
As for the investigation into Ravon Jordan's death, investigators are hoping surveillance video of a group of men outside a convenience store after the shooting can help provide leads.
Anyone with information that can help detectives should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.
Ravon Jordan was a 2013 graduate of Westover High School in Fayetteville and had plans to attend Fayetteville State University, his mother said.
His funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Impact Church in Fayetteville.
"He was very, very, very outgoing, very outspoken – into fashion," Felicia Jordan said of her son. "He just had a great personality."
"He's done great things, and I'm just really proud of him, right now," she added. "He's my baby."