WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau confirmed that a man who was shot and killed on Monday was a previous staffer in her office.
The Metropolitan Police Department said that officers found 28-year-old Davon Fuller shot in the 1500 block of Maryland Ave. NE around 1:40 p.m. on Monday. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
On Wednesday, Nadeau released a statement about Fuller’s death and said that he worked as a constituent services coordinator in 2018 and 2019.
“I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn today that Davon Fuller, a former constituent services representative in my office, was murdered on Monday at the Hechinger Mall on Benning Road following a disagreement with someone at the Safeway as he exited the store.
Davon grew up in Ward 1, was well-loved in our community, and worked incredibly hard in our office. He was a proud and caring father of two young children. His murder is a tragic loss and I sincerely hope there is justice for him.
I am sending my condolences to his family, friends, and the community he loved, and that loved him back.”Statement from Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Fuller attended Dunbar High School, where he was a standout football player and a member of the Gentleman of Dunbar, a group of young men who meet to talk about contemporary issues affecting men. He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he studied sociology and political science.
“He was charismatic, he had a bight smile, he would warm up the room. He was very patient and caring,” said David Tansey, who taught Fuller at Dunbar.
Tansey stayed in touch with Fuller after he graduated and continued to mentor him.
“He was thoughtful, you could talk about profound issues. He really did want to wrestle with the big issues of today, specifically the ones effecting his community,” said Tansey.
The teacher said Fuller wanted to address poverty through education. Although Fuller did not have an easy life, Tansey said he was tenacious.
“I use him as an example of the type of people who have all you need to make it, making it. Even with his stumbles and challenges because he has the tenacity to just keep going for it. And I don’t know how you replace that type of beacon of hope,” he said.
Prior to working for Councilmember Nadeau, Fuller worked on now councilmember Zachary Parker’s campaign for State Board of Education.
In a statement, Parker said, “Davon’s killing is a tragic loss to the District, like so many other young people that have lost thier lives this year. My condolences are with his family, and the network of individuals that were rooting for him in life, myself included. I remain steadfast in addressing public safety concerns in the District, and in calling attention to the ridiculous number of guns on our streets and the harm they cause.”
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.