Mother of Labor Day weekend shooting victim pleads for justice
Family, police seeking information on suspects in September homicide
By JOHN RECH
A grieving mom, Shirley Smith, met with West Memphis Police on Monday seeking justice and closure in the shooting death of her son Dalvin Washington.
Washington, 28, was gunned down by two suspects in the driveway of a vacant lot near 32nd Street and Church Street on the northeast side of the city on starting the Labor Day weekend on Friday September 5. WMPD Detective Matthew Jarred delivered a recap narrative of the shooting incident for the press and Smith appealed to the public for help in bringing the shooters to justice.
“When officers arrived on scene their were two victims in the vehicle,” said Jarred of the 7:30 p.m. response to the shots fired call. “Officers rendered aid and Mr. Washington was transported to Methodist University where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Officers noted a dark-colored Jeep Patriot while at the scene.
“The two individuals got out of the Jeep and fired,” said Jarred. “We are reaching out to the community to help us identify the individuals in the Jeep Patriot. We also have to $2,000 for Crimestoppers tips that lead to an arrest in the case.”
Police said that the shooting appeared random. Washington had no record, or any reports with the police.
“We have no motive, no evidence of a car jacking or robbery or anything like that,” said Jarred.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the West Memphis Police dispatch center at (870) 732-7555 or Crittenden County Crimestoppers at (870) 732-4444. All calls will be kept confidential.
Smith said her son left behind a seven year old daughter and described him.
“He was his own person,” said Smith. “He loved time with his child and liked to play chess.”
Smith said a neighbor knocked on the door to tell her there had been a shooting.
“I ran down the road and saw that it was my son,” said Smith. “That’s about the time police got there. I don’t know how it happened, why it happened. I can’t see him or hear him talk. I just want justice for my son.”
Chief Michael Pope appealed to the public for information.
“We have great success for solving crime when we receive information from the public,” said Pope. “What we need is for citizens to come forward so this family can can come to closure. This police department has great resources, great officers, so we want to reach out to citizens for information so we can solve this crime.”
Grieving mom Shirley Smith holds up poster sized print of her son Dalvin Washington gunned down on Sept. 5, just a short distance from her house at 32nd Street and Church Street on the northeast side of West Memphis. She met with police on Monday and pleaded for help finding the two shooting suspects in his murder.
Photo by John Rech