The family of a popular small business owner in the southern suburbs are pushing for answers after their loved one was shot and killed earlier this week.
Tavares Davis was shot near Drexel Avenue and 115th Street in Dolton on Tuesday, authorities say. A well-known local entrepreneur, Davis, along with his wife, founded “The Funnel Cake Man”, a funnel cake business with stores inside the Orland Square Mall in Orland Park and the Southlake Mall in Merrillville.
Family, friends and neighbors gathered on Sunday as they tossed balloons to remember Davis, a man who did what he could to serve his community.
Family members say more than one suspect or witness has been identified in the fatal shooting, and they are pleading with them to come forward.
“I need you to go to the Dolton Police Department and tell them what you know,” Davis’s wife, Nakesha, said. “The truth needs to come out. We deserve it, I deserve it. My kids deserve the truth. The community deserves to know the truth about what happened to my husband.”
The Davis family, along with community activists Andrew Holmes and Michael Airhart, are offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest. Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard increased the reward to $5,000.
“The individuals who were there who took his life, you know who you are,” Holmes said. “Go do the right thing, surrender because it might just be a matter of time.”
Anyone with information about Davis’ death is asked to call the Dolton Police Department at 708-841-2533.