Young Murder Victim's Family Say He Wasn't Bad Person
By Shayla Reaves
(LOUISVILLE) -- Almost two days after 17-year-old Darryl Head was shot in the head near Victory Park in Louisville's West end, the teen's family members and friends are speaking out. While his death is still under investigation, those who knew Head refute rumors he was in a gang. Wave 3's Shayla Reaves has the story.
A day after 17-year-old Darryl Head died at University Hospital, the teen's memory was still fresh for Dr. Eddie Woods Jr.
"When he came in a room, you knew he was there," said Woods, a tutor at Parkland Boys and Girls Club. "You didn't have to say nothing, you just knew he was there."
Darryl was one of 29 boys in the Parkland Boys and Girl's Club's Passport to Manhood program. The curriculum targets high-risk youth in the Louisville community.
"He usually sat in the same spot, after he'd speak to everybody," said Woods. "That's part of the code here."
Respect and a positive attitude followed Darryl into the Club.
"He had a big grin all the time and he was usually the first one to OK something on the positive end," Woods said." Here was a kid who was looking for a chance to change his environment and his life."
Keevan Head, 15, is Darryl's younger brother. He spoke at a press conference Friday, describing his brother as a "security guard" who always put family before himself.
"This is my brother," said Keevan holding up a picture of Darryl. "But now we don't have a brother anymore. I know one thing though: my brother is not a bad person, he watched over me and his sister."
Like Keevan, Dr. Woods is left remembering one teen's potential stuck in time.
"Darryl was one of those kids who was going to leave his footprints on this planet," Wood said. "A lot of us go through, but he was going to leave his footprints. He was going to touch a lot of people."
The family asked that anyone affected by Darryl's death deal with it through intelligence -- not through violence or revenge.
A remembrance ceremony was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 23rd and Kentucky where Head is believed to have been shot. A wake will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. at G.C. Williams Funeral Home on Broadway.
We are told by activist Christopher 2X that heavy security is expected at both locations.
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