One had plans to join the military when he finished high school next year. The other had dreams of playing football to make a living and take care of his mother.
But family and friends of Brian Davis, 18, of the District and Todd Webb Jr., 14, were left mourning for the teens who had their aspirations cut short in a fatal shooting over the weekend in Capitol Heights.
Davis and Webb were killed and four others were wounded in the shooting.
Detectives on Monday continued searching for suspects in the incident that began about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road, according to Prince George’s County police. When officers arrived at the scene, they found six people who were shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Webb and Davis were pronounced dead at the scene. As of Monday afternoon, one man remained in the hospital with life-threatening injuries while the others were expected to survive, according to police.
Davis’s grandfather, Ervin Goodall, said his grandson was at the apartment over the weekend to attend a party for a friend who had recently moved to the area. Davis was about to leave the party when the shooting occurred, Goodall said. Davis had just called his mother asking her for a ride home because one cab that had arrived earlier filled up and left.
“All I know is he just wanted to go and party,” Goodall said. “He was a very young man with hopes and dreams who never got the chance.”
Goodall said his grandson was due to graduate in June from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Northwest Washington and wanted to join the military after getting his diploma. He liked to play basketball, football and baseball, Goodall said.
On Monday, the Roosevelt staff posted a message on the school’s website under an entry titled “You Will Be Missed Mr. Brian Davis.”
The message described Davis as someone with “an exuberant spirit, bright smile, and infectious energy.”
“Brian was a kindhearted student who befriended many and sought out opportunities to enjoy life,” read the message from Principal Aqueelha James and the school’s staff. “We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in his presence; the Roosevelt Family realizes that your bright smile and witty personality will always fill our hearts.”
Webb’s relatives declined to comment when a reporter knocked on the door of the family’s apartment in Capitol Heights, at the complex where the shooting occurred. Windows with what appeared to be bullet holes were still shattered outside the apartment building where Webb lived and where police responded to the shooting.
“All he talked about is how he’s going to [‘make it big one day,’] ” said one of Webb’s 14-year-old cousins, who played with him on a football team when they were younger. “He was a great guy, life-of-the-party type of person, so to find out what happened to him . . . was just tragic.”
At Suitland High School, where Webb had begun his first year, students were heartbroken at the loss of their classmate. His friends remembered him as a happy, outgoing teen who liked to make people smile.
Webb always talked about football and had plans to play for the high school team next year, according to another friend, who said he met Webb on their first day of freshman year at Suitland. His friends say he hoped to make money someday as a football player to help his mother financially.
Jasper Scherer contributed to this report.