PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of people gathered Sunday afternoon to remember 19-year-old Deshaun Dure, the latest victim of ongoing violence in the capital city.
Those who loved him knew him as DJ, telling 12 News he was an angelic and positive soul.
“Every time I would see him it’s just hey Noelia, great big hug, I missed you and a every time he would smile, his dimples would come out and that’s just something I will never forget,” organizer Noelia Tavera said.
Dure played football and basketball — an important part of Sunday’s emotional event at Gano Park.
“I know that that’s what DJ loved. It was his life. Hopefully he is smiling from heaven and watching us ball out for him,” Tavera said.
Dure was shot Tuesday outside of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf in Providence. He died from his injuries later that evening at Rhode Island Hospital.
Two others were also injured by Tuesday’s gunfire that targeted a white SUV they were riding in at the time. One of those men was Winda Ortiz’ son Aaron Gomes, who was shot in the stomach. She was among the large crowd at Sunday’s vigil.
“He had to get a six-hour surgery to reconstruct his liver and kidney,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said her son is still in the hospital, but she has not been able to see him since Friday. She said her 20-year old son has been asking for her.
“This pain as a mother is ridiculous, I didn’t know if my son was going to be alive, not even to mention that’s my son and he lives with me and I can’t even see him. And it’s breaking my fricken heart that I have to see him through an iPad for him to fall asleep because he feels safe just with me,” Ortiz said.
No arrests have been made and the shooting remains under investigation, according to police. It was the city’s 14th homicide of the year.