Dequante Hobbs Jr., 7, of Louisville, Kentucky was killed Sunday, May 21, 2017 when a stray bullet smashed through a window in his home and struck him in the neck.
He was killed as he sat at the kitchen table eating a piece of cake and playing on his iPad before bed.
Lt. Emily McKinley said during a Monday morning news conference that Dequante was an innocent victim of the “senseless violence" going on in the city.
McKinley said that a fight apparently took place just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday at a home behind the one where Dequante lived with his family. One of the people involved in the fight pulled a gun and opened fire...
"They just shot through my window,” Dequante’s mother, Micheshia Norment, told WLKY. “It hit my baby in his neck.” She performed CPR on her son while awaiting paramedics and was able to find a pulse. He passed away shortly after at hospital.
His mother said Dequante was excited for the end of the school year later in the week. He had already picked out what he wanted to wear for his first-grade graduation ceremony.
His mother spent Sunday washing his outfit and laying out his sneakers. The next day, she found herself planning her son’s funeral and trying to figure out how to explain his death to his 3-year-old sister.
Dequante’s extended family is no stranger to tragedy. He is the fifth family member, 18 years old or younger,to fall victim to homicide in the past year.
Two of his cousins, half-brothers Maurice Gordon, 16, and Larry Ordway, 14, were stabbed to death and burned the night of May 21, 2016 - exactly a year before Dequante’s murder. Another cousin, Troyvonte Hurt, 14, was shot and killed last August. A fourth cousin, Jaylin Hobbs, 18, was shot and killed earlier this month.
So far no suspects have been identified in Dequante's murder. He will be laid to rest on Saturday. Our deepest sympathies are with his parents, little sister and many loved ones and members of the community who have been affected by this senseless tragedy. Rest well Dequante...
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