Hampton family remembers victim, calls for end to gun violence

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A Hampton mother who lost her son a year ago is calling on the community to end gun violence.

29-year-old Dwayne “Squeak” Spivey was fatally shot off of 81st Street on June 24, 2015.

Jacqueline Spivey James, who lost another son in a car crash 10 months before Dwayne’s death, hosted a memorial Friday night, where friends and family released balloons and talked about the impacts of gun violence.

“If you’re present and you’ve lost someone other than Squeak to violence, raise your hand,” said Spivey’s cousin, Rev. Dr. Ella Thompson, before several hands in the crowd went up. “I do not want to go to another hospital and hold a mother’s hand,” she said.

It was one year ago Friday that Hampton Police said officers found two men who had been shot off 81st Street. Spivey didn’t make it. 22-year-old Toure Shaw recovered, and was charged with Spivey’s murder. Police think Shaw broke into a home and got into an argument with Spivey, which led to an exchange of gunfire.

James thought it would get easier.

“I wake up, I find myself every, at least two or three times a week waking up in the middle of the night just crying because I miss my baby,” she said.

She says she’s taking a stand.

“Just stop killing each other. Ya’ll got to work something out. Put down the guns and just fight. At least tomorrow, ya’ll still here,” she said.

James said she expects to learn this month when a trial date will be set for Shaw.

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