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Loud Music Murder: "Don't Call It A Hate Crime"
The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was killed outside of a Florida gas station in a shooting on Friday night is speaking out.
Lucia McBath said she wants to honor the memory of her son, Jordan Davis, and does not want his death to be divisive.
McBath said her son brought people together and it would be even more of a tragedy if his death divided people.
The 17-year-old Wolfson High junior was in the backseat of an SUV at a Southside gas station with three of his friends around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
McBath says they had been out shopping on Black Friday and stopped at the gas station to get some snacks.
Police say the man parked next to them, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, got into a confrontation with them over loud music coming from their car and opened fire, hitting Jordan several times.
"He just reached in his glove compartment and started shooting rounds, just unloading the gun in the car and from my understanding, he was really aiming first and foremost towards Jordan, but he continued to just shoot all the rounds," McBath said.
Investigators say the teens had no weapons.
McBath said childproof locks prevented her son from getting out.
"I just knew someone had shot him but I didn't know why. Then when I found out it was just over loud music I couldn't understand. Over loud music. You don't like their music then so what. It's just music and they are kids, they are teenagers and they all play their music loud. But that's no reason to shoot, no reason to kill anyone," she said.
Dunn was arrested the next day.
Dunn's attorney Robin Lemonidis said he acted in self-defense, having felt threatened.
She said Dunn said he saw one of the teens flash a gun.
While she can't make sense of her son's death, she said she doesn't consider it a hate crime.
"We don't know where he was or what kind of dark place he was in at that moment but something snapped in that man. Something snapped in him, so we are not looking at it as the hate crime because that's not going to honor Jordan," McBath said.
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