Davis, who was buried Saturday morning in Georgia, was shot and killed by 45-year-old Michael David Dunn on November 23 outside a convenience store parking lot.
The violence occurred after Dunn asked a group of black youths (including Davis) to turn down loud music emanating from their SUV. Dunn has said that he felt threatened when Jordan began trash-talking to him. He then fired eights shot into the SUV after he says that one of the people in the SUV brandished a shotgun. However, police found no weapons on the scene.
"I’m appalled by the deplorable actions of Mr. Dunn the night he gunned down and killed Jordan Davis," Students for a Democratic Society's Dani Leppo said. "Unfortunately, racially motivated crimes like this is not news...I firmly believe Mr. Dunn would not have repeatedly shot at that car if those boys were white. Furthermore, I find some serious doubts about Dunn’s alibi."
She was alluding to the fact that though Dunn claims he was shooting in self-defense, he never went to the authorities after the incident, instead driving back home with his girlfriend after the incident in Jacksonville to Melbourne, some 159 miles away. He called police at that point and was then arrested and brought into custody.
The New York Times reports that Dunn's attorney is considering using Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law as a defense.
Referring to Trayvon Martin, as well as 16-year-old Javon Neal (who was gunned down by Tampa police in an incident earlier this summer in which his friends and family insist he was unarmed), Alekos Zambrano with the group Dream Defenders said that "we live in a world where we as young black and brown people get told by their mothers at a very young age that race exists, that we can’t choose what we are and that everyone is beautiful, but however there are some who don’t think so. We live in a world where we know what it’s like to be prepared for police harassment by our parents and our white friends never experience such childhoods"
Dream Defenders, a group comprised of black and brown youth and formed after Trayvon Martin's death earlier this year, held similar vigils on Florida college campus throughout the state on Saturday night.
The Tampa poet and activist known as L.I.F.E. was the few African-Americans in the crowd. He referenced that in a fiery speech where he said that black people are tired of being the victims.
"Most of you ain’t black, so what does this have to do with me? It could come knockin' on your doorstep..there were 72 police murders in 2011. The reason that’s significant -people who have been oppressed for so long by law enforcement officers have come to the conclusion that we have the right to resist, because we have the right to live....African, black people are rising up to say we have the right to resist."
L.I.F.E. went on to call it the "state sanctioned murder of black and brown people," and said if activists want it to cease they have to do more than hold the occasional candlelight vigil. "We've got to get together even with it's not popular. When we're not wearing hoodies, when we're not holding candles. When we're the only one in the room, the only one on our job, the only one at the dinner table willing to have a discussion to say, this type of murder and state sanctioned killing of our children has to stop."
The vigil at USF was held quietly in the courtyard known as Ceder Circle on the north side of the Marshall Center. Before breaking into song and marching, lead organizer Marisol Marquez said that "this oppression has to stop. And that is why we're here....we're not going to stop. Dream Defenders is going nowhere. We're here to stay, even if the University police and the security are here to harass us, and will harass us online, for having this event tonight, we will stay here. And I thank you for all for being with us here today."