Zebulon, North Carolina – The parents of a 17-year-old who was shot dead outside a vaping store on Tuesday night told WRAL News their son was likely killed because of a girl.
Carlton Damon Jr.’s mother and father were in court on Wednesday while Javion Whitfield, 19, accused of shooting Damon, faced a judge.
Damon’s dad said he drove from Richmond, Virginia to appear in court and was still struggling to understand what happened.
“It really upset me,” he said.
Damon Sr. said his son graduated from high school in January and planned to join the military. He leaves behind two sisters.
“He was going to join the air force and become a pilot,” he added. “It was his dream.”
Damon Jr. was gunned down in the parking lot outside the Best Tobacco & Vape store on West Gannon Avenue on Tuesday night just after 6 p.m.
When officers from the Zebulon Police Department arrived, they found Damon, who had been shot in the upper body.
Police said Damon rushed into the store to ask for help after he was shot. He later died at WakeMed.
Damon Sr. said his son and Whitfield had a fight over a daughter.
“I had spoken to both of them, and I thought that whatever I said to them might have penetrated at some point,” he said. “I suppose not.”
Whitfield made his first court appearance on Wednesday, where a judge said he could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if found guilty. The suspect’s grandmother was also in the courtroom but refused to speak to reporters.