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Wilson family in shock over airman's shooting death

The U.S. Air Force is working with police in Denver, Colo., to investigate a shooting early Saturday morning that left Airman 1st Class Shaquille Hargrove, 19, of Wilson, dead.

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WILSON, N.C. — 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.



Beau Minnick, Reporter
Jodi Leese Glusco, Web Editor

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