Continuing Javion Donjay Wilson’s Legacy


More than 24 hours later there’s still no suspect after a 17-year-old was shot to death. Police say they’re still searching for answers. Neighbors say it’s possible it was a drive-by. But Evansville Police are left with hardly any information.

This story never gets any easier. A young man’s life was taken far too early. But a friend says he lived life to the fullest and everyone around him enjoyed his presence. It’s his presence, the friend says, that will live in their hearts forever.

Sigh after sigh, it’s still hard to put the words together.

“I got to look in my nephews eyes and see his father in him and tell my nephew when he grows up that his father is not here,” Frank DeJarnett said.

He was a friend, a brother and a father.

“I don’t understand what made him leave the house that day,” DeJarnett said. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

17-year-old Javion Donjay Wilson was found dead just after midnight Saturday morning near the area of Second Avenue and West Franklin Street in Evansville. The Vanderburgh County Coroner says Wilson died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

“I don’t see who would actually kill a young man at a young age, he had a whole life ahead of him,” DeJarnett said.

It’s hard for Frank DeJarnett to grasp. Javion was not just a friend, but family. He shares a son with DeJarnett’s sister.

“My nephew is crawling,” he said. “He couldn’t even see his childs first step.”

His life, gone in a flash.

“He was supposed to meet somebody out here,” DeJarnett said. “So a car pulled up and he looked and ran. He got shot and he got back up ran again and fell. Javion was crying and saying he couldn’t hold it and that’s how he passed away.”

As of now, the Evansville Police Department doesn’t have a suspect.

“I don’t know if they set him up, I don’t know,” DeJarnett said. “But if a car pulled up and he knew who it was and he took off running, he probably did know who it was.”

DeJarnett says Wilson’s legacy will live on through his six month old son. While his life may have been cut short, his friend says he’s now in a better place. 

“I guess God needed another angel,” DeJarnett said.

EPD is asking anyone with information to call the police. You can also remain anonymous by calling the We-Tip Hotline.

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