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Victim's friend remembers teen shot and killed outside Regal Cinemas

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 18:22:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We're learning more about the teenager shot and killed Saturday night outside Regal Cinemas.

Police say Dequan Davis was arguing with another teenager in the parking lot. The other teen is accused of firing a gun and running away.

A family friend of the victim spoke with WTXL's Brittany Barnett.

Vernon Patterson drove to the theater that night to pick up another friend's child just after the shooting happened. When he saw Dequan lying on the ground, he tried to help.

A life gone too soon, says Patterson.

"He was a good kid, played football, all he wanted to do was go to college and do something with his life," said Patterson.

The shooting at Regal Cinemas on Saturday still comes as a shock to Patterson.

"You wouldn't expect that to happen at the movie theaters at all, especially not in Tallahassee," said Patterson.

Patterson drove to the theater that night to pick up a friend's child. When he pulled up to the theater, he knew something was wrong.

"When I pulled up to the scene I saw Quan laying on the ground. I immediately got out of the car and put pressure on the wound and gave him CPR," said Patterson. "I tried the best I could to save his life."

Patterson says the ordeal brought up bad memories.

"I've gotten shot before. Seeing the kid on the ground reminded him of myself getting shot," said Patterson.

And now he hopes parents can step in and be the ones to stop the next shooting from happening at all.

"Parents need to talk to kids, brothers and sisters need to talk to them. Sit down and talk," said Patterson.

Another candle light vigil may happen in the upcoming weeks to remember Dequan Davis. We will keep you updated with those details when we get them in.