ROCK HILL — Santario McCoys daughters were in for a treat this September.
Thrilled to have a new job, McCoy, 24, promised he would throw his little girls one of them 3, the other 10 months old, and both born in September a big birthday bash they would never forget. Both were born in September. Now, if there is a party, it wont be the same.
McCoy was shot to death as he spent time at a friends home in Rock Hills Sunset Park neighborhood early Sunday, police said. The citys fourth homicide victim this year, McCoy leaves behind his two daughters and a 3-year-old son.
He was a great father, his mother, Lynette McCoy-Mullins, said on Sunday, hours after she learned her oldest child had been slain in the community she once called home. Everybody loved Santario.
Shortly after midnight, Donquavious Dashon Davis, 19, shot and killed McCoy at 432 Baker St. Ext., according to a Rock Hill Police Department news release. The father of three died at the scene.
Police have issued warrants on Davis, charging him with murder. By Sunday evening, he remained at large.
Authorities are asking for the publics help in finding Davis, who was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 160 pounds. Davis, whose last known address is 334 Friedheim Road in Rock Hill, is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or York County Crimestoppers at 1-877-409-4321.
Police on Sunday did not release a motive in McCoys shooting, but confirmed that Davis is their only suspect.
Court records show that Davis in 2011 was arrested and charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Those charges were dismissed in January 2012. That August, he pleaded guilty to petty larceny and trespassing, court records show, and was sentenced to time served. Four months later, he pleaded guilty to assault and battery and disturbing schools, for which he was again sentenced to time served.
When reached at Davis home Sunday, his family declined to comment.
On Sunday, neighbors on Baker Street sat on their porches, murmuring about the fatal shots fired only feet from their homes. Kadeem Cobb, who knew McCoy for the last eight years and lives at the home where his friend died, said McCoy was among a group of friends who were just chilling late Saturday and early Sunday.
Cobb, his sister, her boyfriend, McCoy and his girlfriend gathered around a television set in the living room, playing video games. McCoy sat on the floor. After midnight, they heard a knock at the glass door to the side of the house. McCoy opened it, Cobb said, and a man with dreadlocks stood at the entrance.
"Dude hit him and shot him," Cobb said. The shooter ran, he said, and didnt speak a word.
"He was a good person," Cobb said about McCoy. "He didn't deserve that."
McCoys mother agrees.
He was my shadow, she said. He was every bit of me.
McCoy-Mullins admitted her son, who was high-strung and fiercely independent, could be a hothead. But, he was never vindictive or malicious.
A graduate of Northwestern High School, he was a defensive back for the Trojans alongside teammates Will King and Cordarrelle Patterson, who plays for the NFLs Minnesota Vikings.
He loved football, his mother said, adding that his talent really shined through his younger brother, Alec, whom he mentored and molded into a football standout. He also helped his stepfather coach womens basketball at Clinton College.
The oldest of McCoy-Mullins three children, McCoy acted as a father to his brother and two sisters, his mom said. But, he also was a friend to many of the people he met when the family lived on Baker Street.
Sunset Park, historically one of Rock Hills most crime-plagued areas, saw a "substantial decrease" in calls to police within the last year, but still ranks in the top 10 neighborhoods for violent crimes, according to a 2013 Rock Hill Police Department crime analysis report. Still, the area has experienced a 44 percent decrease in violent crimes which include aggravated assaults, homicides, robberies and rape over the last five years.
Neighbors have worked for years to change the area's image by working closely with police and encouraging landlords to keep their homes up to par and investigate the backgrounds of potential renters. Helping to lead those efforts is Mary Hope, president of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Association and a resident of the area for more than 60 years.
"Things are kind of up and down," she said about the area. "Right here, on my street, it's not OK, but its better than it was."
The neighborhood mainly suffers from "noise and traffic," she said, adding that fights are not as common as they once were. Still, she called McCoy's death on Baker Street just a street over from where she lives a "setback" for the community.
"We have a lot of stuff that goes on with people (who) don't even live in the community," she said. "If there was anyway we could keep the mess from somewhere else from coming into our community, then we could kind of handle it. Every time something like this happens, it's still giving us the same name we're trying to get rid of."
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