Darrell Kenyatta Evers, 47, who was 9 when his father, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was shot to death outside his Jackson, Miss., home, died of colon cancer Feb. 18 at a hospital near his home in Burbank, Calif.
The man who was given a life sentence in 1994 for killing Medgar Evers, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith VI, died at a Jackson hospital Jan. 21. He had gone free for three decades, after two trials ended in hung juries in 1964.
Late on the night of June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers was stepping out of his car, after returning home from work as the NAACP's Mississippi field secretary, when Beckwith shot him in the back with a high-powered rifle from a nearby thicket. Evers's wife and three children watched him die on their front stoop.
The younger Evers commented after Beckwith's conviction that it was "about time" and said he attended the trial to confront Beckwith. "He never saw my father's face. All he saw was his back. I wanted him to see the face," Darrell Evers said, "to see the ghost of my father come back to haunt him."
Two years later, Darrell Evers played himself in the film "Ghosts of Mississippi," about the effort to bring Beckwith to trial.
As the oldest child of the NAACP leader, Mr. Evers had been expected to become politically active, but he took a different path. He expressed his views through art, and his avant-garde paintings were collected by Henry Luce II, hair designer Vidal Sassoon and others.
His work reflected on prejudice and on his father's life and death. One painting was titled "Oh My God, They've Moved in Next Door" and another, about his father's death, was called "Point Zero."
In the 1990s, he founded Intellikey Labs in Burbank with his wife, Lauren Evers, and created one of the nation's largest quality-control DVD companies.
In addition to his wife, of Burbank, survivors include a son, Keanan; his mother, Myrlie Evers-Williams of Bend, Ore.; and a sister, Reena Evers-Everette, and a brother, James Van Evers, both of Los Angeles.