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An 11-year-old boy who was noted for his eagerness to work was killed in a drive-by shooting in Troy, N.Y., police reported Monday.
According to an announcement by the department, Ayshawn Davis was standing on a street with a group of people on Sunday and was caught up in the shooting, according to WRGB in Albany, which added that the boy was shot in the head.
The victim of last night's homicide is Ayshawn Davis. Ayshawn is only 11 years old. Ayshawn is a student of Lansingburgh Central School District and @LCSD_NY is available to all students/parents to provide resources & support. pic.twitter.com/MjjPwWFmk7
— Troy Police Department (Troy, NY) (@TroyNYPolice) September 14, 2020
In an interview with the local outlet, owner Tony Buchanan recalled the day that Ayshawn came to “Jimmy’s Pizza” looking for a job.
“We were busy and he walked in and he goes, ‘Can I get a job?’ And I said, ‘Buddy, how old are you?’ I think he was 10 years old at the time,” Buchanan said, adding he told the boy to come back in a few years and that he already had a worker for the position.
However, he said, the youth persisted.
“His response was, ‘Two is better than one!’ So I said, “You know what, you’re right! Here’s some paper towels, here’s a spray bottle,’ and he went to work,” Buchanan said, noting further that he obtained permission from the boy’s father to hire him.
He said that Ayshawn was always smiling and that he held the door open for patrons and worked very hard.
That, Buchanan said, is how he’ll remember the lad.
Deputy Police Chief Dan DeWolf decried the boy’s death as senseless.
“I always ask for the community’s help, but I’m really, really asking now, and not just this community but anybody who knows anything about this. Please, I’m begging you to come forward with information and help us solve this crime,” he said, WRGB reported.
“There are people out there that just don’t care, that just don’t think anything of life at all. So everybody else has to care. Everybody else has to get together and do something about this,” DeWolf continued.
Buchanan has also issued an appeal to the public to provide information.
“Somebody out there, even if it’s just one person, knows what’s going on. Speak up before it’s your 11-year-old that’s being buried. This could be your little guy or your little girl laying on the concrete,” he said.
Ayshawn was featured in a news story last year for being so determined to land a job at the pizzeria.
“You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it,” the boy said at the time.
Buchanan paid Ayshawn a few dollars but also allowed him to keep the tips he got from customers. He mostly helped keep the place clean but he also took orders when it got busy.
In an interview with Spectrum Local News, Ayshawn said he wanted to work so he could save money to buy a home, a car, and a phone in the future. He also said he wanted to use half of his future home for the homeless.
“It’s not fair that people like them have to sleep on the streets and we live in homes,” he said at the time.
Ayshawn made a deal with Buchanan that he could continue working as long as he kept up with his schoolwork.
“If he’s this motivated at 10 years old, who knows what he’ll be able to do at 14, 15, 16 years old?” Buchanan said.
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