BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's a murder that has shocked the Lafayette High Schoolcommunity. Why was freshman Jawaan Daniels gunned down Friday at awest side bus stop?
Those who know Jawaan Daniels have said he was simply at thewrong place at the wrong time, and we've confirmed the 15-year-oldLafayette High freshman was at a bus stop at one o'clock in theafternoon because he had been suspended from school.
Daniels was shot at the bus shelter here at Grant and WestDelavan, then managed to struggle across the street beforecollapsing. Police say Daniels' killer was spotted fleeing thescene on a bike.
The 15-year-old Lafayette High freshman had been suspendedearlier in the day, but officials won't give the reason for thesuspension and have not ruled out the possibility the shooting andthe disciplinary action could be linked.
Acting Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "We have gottensome good information on that case. Again, the public, anybody hasmore information, please come forward. We're hoping that's one ofthe cases that will be resolved in the near future."
June has been a deadly month for Buffalo with five homicides innine days, and all the victims were killed by guns includingDaniels. The city's latest victim was gunned down Sunday morningoutside a nightclub on Clinton Street.
Pastor James Giles, CEO of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries,said, "See, we got innocent people that are getting shot. We gotyoung men dying before their age. We got young men that feel likethey're not going to live to be 19, they're not going to live to be20."
Pastor Giles helps officiate the Stop the Violence Coalitionwith Arlee Daniels, who believes the sky would be limit for manyyoung people who have fallen into this culture of gangs, drugs, andgun violence.
"People are opting to settle disputes with guns, and these aresome people whom we believe have the potential to be world-classboxers," said Daniels.
So, they are trying to convince young people guns are not theway to resolve conflicts.
Pastor Giles added, "I don't care how bad or how vicious theyare, or what the situation is, they'll give us permission to speakinto their lives, and that is all we are asking for."
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