Wilson family in shock over airman's shooting death
Posted July 16, 2013 2:10 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2013 6:40 p.m. EDT
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.