Parents Of Slain Teens Stay in “Constant Contact” In Fight Over Stand Your Ground Law

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

The parents of Jordan Davis, a Florida teenager killed for playing his music too loud, say they talk regularly with the parents of Trayvon Martin, telling them that the justice they seek is for both slain boys.

Ron Davis said, “I’m in constant contact with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, and I text Sabrina (Trayvon’s mother) all the time and I just want to let them know, every time I get justice for Jordan, it’s going to be justice for Trayvon, for us,” during an interview on Good Morning America.

A jury convicted 45-year-old Michael Dunn of attempted murder but could not determine his guilt in the charge of murder. Dunn shot and killed, 17-year-old Davis, who was in the car with three others playing loud music on Nov. 23, 2012.

Trayvon Martin was also killed in Florida in 2012, when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman defied police advising him to stay away and confronted the teen, inciting an altercation. During the scuffle Zimmerman shot Martin who was unarmed. Like Zimmerman, Dunn said he feared for his life and thought the boys had a gun.

Like the highly publicized killing of 17-year-old Martin, Dunn considered using Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground defense, which has created a lot of media confusion, according to Jordan’s father.

“In Florida, you have the stand your ground instruction even though the defense, they don’t actually file for stand your ground. It’s in the instruction for self-defense and that confuses juries,” Davis said.

Davis said he views his push for justice for his son a push for the protection of young, unarmed men.

“The ultimate justice for me, I want Michael Dunn to be tried and found guilty of killing my son, of letting him know it was wrong to kill my unarmed, 17-year-old,” Davis said. “And all the other 17-year-olds out there, they shouldn’t have to fear the adults with the guns that are running around here shooting them at will.”


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at