Julian Dawkins - The Trayvon Martin of the DMV.

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Julian Dawkins - The Trayvon Martin of the DMV. Hear the whole story from his parents Ms. GWENDOLYN  PRATT- MILLER & CURTIS  DAWKINS. Julian Dawkins, the shuttle driver for PBS NewsHour‘s Arlington, Va. employees, was fatally shot Tuesday night in Alexandria, Va., by an off-duty deputy sheriff. He was 22. Julian Dawkins, and his family had gotten together to celebrate his cousin, Tierra Pratt Ruffin's contract with the Washington Mystics basketball team. When Dawkins strayed away from the party, he encountered off-duty Deputy Craig Patterson. Detectives say Dawkins was shot in the upper body and died at the hospital. What they don't know is why. "That was my only child. It's just heavy on my heart," says Gwendolyn Pratt-Miller, Dawkins' mother. Pratt-Miller just buried her father on Friday, May 17th and now she has to plan a funeral for her son. "To me, it's definitely a murder. He did it. It was premeditated. Justice needs to be served," says  Curtis Dawkins, Julian's dad, Deputy Patterson is a 17-year veteran of the Arlington force, but lived just blocks away from the victim in Alexandria. "I've lived in this neighborhood for 20 years and I've never seen this gentleman until I had to go out and see my nephew face down in that grass," Dawkins' aunt Deneen Pratt says. "After we secured the scene, there was an off-duty Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy there,” says Lt. Mark Bergin of the Alexandria Police Department. "He was questioned for several hours and allowed to go home. No charges have been filed. We are continuing our investigation."We will be joined by the President of "100 Black Men" WALTER  KIRKLAND

 

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