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Memorial Walk hosted in Ridgeville to celebrate Lavel Davis Jr.'s birthday

WCIV Charleston 1/9/2023 Kennedy Buck
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On Saturday morning, hundreds participated in a memorial walk to remember and celebrate Lavel Davis Jr., one of the UVA football players tragically shot and killed in November.  

It was a homecoming like no other. Even though the town of Ridgeville may be small, for Davis it was a big part of who he was. 

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“He would be so proud of all of the Ridgeville community coming out and being super excited, all of this is for him, that just shows the type of person he is and the type of love he is surrounded by in the community," said Aaron Snipes, Davis's cousin.

The walk was a chance to honor the legacy Davis left behind. 

Caption: Memorial Walk hosted in Ridgeville to celebrate Lavel Davis Jr.'s birthday. (WCIV)

“I think his legacy is extremely important and I don’t want anyone to forget that, that’s the reason why I’m walking," said Adrian Tucker another one of Davis's cousins. 

His family shared how he impacted every single person he met and that impact still lives on. 

“He was a bright kid, he was always mature for his age, and what impressed me always about Lavel he wanted everyone to know that he wanted to be a leader moving forward and he always wanted to do the right thing moving forward He always was inspiring and that’s something he lived his life by and we’re just extremely excited to have such a cousin at such a young life to be so impactful," Snipes said. 

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Davis will forever be missed but never forgotten. 

“It’s just a tragedy that happened and it affected all of us is just ways that is just unimaginable and so we just want to keep him in remembrance and make sure that we continue living out his dreams in the ways that he wants to be," Snipes said.     

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