Baton Rouge, La. (WAFB) – Gonzales police are investigating a fatal shooting that left a 17-year-old boy dead after a high school football game.
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Cole DeCure and Eli Turner say anyone who knew Mekhi Darvill knew him for his smile, laugh and constant presence.
“He would call me every day, ‘What are we doing, what’s going on?’ “He would come to my house every Sunday, make sure I went to church, make sure we went to church. It would be hard, waking up and not seeing his smile, because he always had a smile, no matter what,” recounts Decuir.
Decure and Eli lost their best friend on Friday night, November 11, 2022, after a football game.
“It’s tragic because you’re not only taking away their current life, but also their future life at a young age. “It’s not that a homicide is forgivable, but when these tragedies involve teenagers, they’re taking away someone’s future,” said Captain Steven Netken with the Gonzales Police Department.
Gonzales police said a dispute between students at St. Amant High School and East Ascension High School turned into a verbal altercation at the EA game last Friday night.
A group called their friend Mekhi Darvilla to pick them up after the game. He did, and they stopped a short distance away to buy a snack at Old Chips Grocery in Burnside. When they came out, they sprayed bullets and Darville was shot dead.
“He never liked to put up with anything, because he hated arguing with people and fighting, and he tried to make everything better,” DeQuire says.
Turner, who has known Darville since middle school, says, “He grew up and his mom made sure he never had that lifestyle, and for him to go out like that is so hard and heartbreaking.”
A 17-year-old from St. Amant High School in Darville wanted to graduate and start his own dog grooming business. Friends say he was a hard worker and had big plans for himself.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone and it would be harder without him because that was my brother. Literally, it’s going to be tough, but he wants the best for all of us to keep going,” adds Decuire.
Gonzalez police said they expect an arrest in the case soon. They are asking anyone with any information to please come forward.
You can call them at 225-647-7511.
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