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Family of Augusta stabbing victim mourns loss

Stabbed teen was more than another statistic, family says

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 8:53 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 1:47 AM
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Earl Sanders doesn’t want his nephew to be thought of as a statistic, because to those who loved him, he is so much more.

Datravious Hoskins  SPECIAL
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Datravious Hoskins

He was the neighborhood’s best basketball player. A Butler High School senior preparing to join the Air Force. The kind of brother who would lose a card game on purpose so his baby sister could win a $5 bet.

But the reality is Datravious Hoskins, 18, on Tuesday became one more young person killed by another teenager over something senseless.

During an argument about a PlayStation 3, police say 15-year-old Zemartae Davis pulled out a knife and stabbed Hoskins in the chest. Hoskins fell to the gravel street in broad daylight less than half a block from his Neptune Drive home.

“Every day there’s more young kids in jail, more young kids in the grave,” Sanders said. “We’ve got to come together and take care of each other and stop this. Nothing hurts me worse than the fact (Hoskins) was ready to make something of his life. Why would somebody take something like that from him?”

On Wednesday, Hoskins’ family gathered at the one-story home he shared with his grandfather, sister and grandmother, Ida Sanders Chenault. It’s the place where almost 20 people come every Sunday to eat Chenault’s baked ham, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and pineapple cake.

Chenault said she’ll miss seeing Hoskins in her den playing video games and helping her in the kitchen. She was looking forward to him joining the Air Force, which he was inspired to do to be like his closest cousin, Kevin Sanders Jr.

“They took his innocent life outside his body for no reason,” Chenault said. “I just can’t understand it. I want (Davis) to be put in jail for the rest of his life. A life for a life.”

Close friend William Lindsey, 17, said Hoskins – who family and friends called Bubba – was known for being a comedian, a lover. He liked to stay up late making music with friends and playing video games in his grandmother’s den.

“I was never good at basketball but loved to play and he helped me all the time,” Lindsey said. “It’s the kind of thing when we played and picked teams and no one picked me, he’d always be ‘William, come on,’”

While Hoskins’ family was trying to grasp their loss, Davis’ family was doing the same. Davis was charged as an adult with murder and will be detained at the Regional Youth Detention Center, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

His uncle, Dumetrius Stringer, said Wednesday his nephew was a socially active boy who loved sports and family. He didn’t know him to be violent.

“It’s a lost situation,” Stringer said. “One kid is gone the other is locked up.”

Stringer said the boys grew up together, and he considered them to be family friends. Most recently they lived about a block away from each other on Neptune Drive. Friends and family of Hoskins, however, said they weren’t very familiar with Davis and didn’t see the teens together often.

While investigators look for answers, Sanders said the neighborhood is beginning to take action of its own. He said some neighbors discussed organizing a neighborhood watch group to scout for danger and create a more watchful presence.

“There’s going to be nothing for nobody in these neighborhoods if this keeps up,” Sanders said. “This is not just our loss. It’s the community’s loss.”

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Pops
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Pops 09/19/13 - 06:58 am
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It's sad but

this is a problem that doesn't seem to be going away.
Culture of violence seems to be rampant in their community.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/19/13 - 07:49 am
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Sorry to see his life wasted before it really started..

In fact sorry to see any life wasted over anything.

Losing an adult child after 18 years of memories must really hurt and I pray, at some point after your grieving, you learn you did your best to raise him.

The fact, as we are told, that the Air Force was willing accept him given his existing police record for drugs, indicates he must have made a major effort to turn his life around in the last 4 months.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ENkL5PceCoQJ:www.lo...

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internationallyunknown 09/19/13 - 09:30 am
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Code words

Their community?

With that mondset, NOTHING will change.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 09/19/13 - 09:36 am
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Payers to both families.

"They" ( ancestors) we're brought here through violence.
"They" we're kept out of schools, businesses, and other public places through violence.
"They" we're terrorized for centuries.

For the record, there seems to be another culture that has terrorized many across the world for centuries. Get real.

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jimmymac 09/19/13 - 10:18 am
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Yea give the thugs committing the violence a free pass because of something that happened years ago. None of these hoods lived when the actions you mentioned took place. It's time for them to look at the community they've created and deal with the problems they've wrought on themselves. I feel terrible for those grieving the death of this young man. Now it's time for them to start cleaning house!

according2me
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according2me 09/19/13 - 10:31 am
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NocNoc
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Really? I can't believe you would post a link to his criminal record? Why?

just an opinion
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just an opinion 09/19/13 - 11:15 am
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The Sherwood Gang is starting up

Neighbors and all adults in this area should be aware of it and not allow your kids to be around it. Otherwise, more stories like this to come.

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Darby 09/19/13 - 04:45 pm
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"Code words

"Their community? With that mondset, (sic) NOTHING will change."

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What code words?

The writer was simply being intellectually honest.

Living in a state of denial will assure that nothing ever changes.

Addressing a problem head on, with honesty, is a positive, not a negative.

leebraxjr
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leebraxjr 09/19/13 - 05:26 pm
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Violence

"They" ( ancestors) we're brought here through violence.
"They" we're kept out of schools, businesses, and other public places through violence.
"They" we're terrorized for centuries.

For the record, there seems to be another culture that has terrorized many across the world for centuries. Get real.

I have to agree with you on the point of view you are addressing. The thing I look at is these last three generations have become more violent and less caring for anyone life.
Unfortunately, the media continues to show the black society, where as these crimes are much more rampant in other cultures. Just like history books instead of reading what someone writes its time for every one to get educated at how widespread violence is in this nations communities. Once that is established then we can work at saving our families of all races.

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deestafford 09/19/13 - 06:37 pm
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It's really a crying shame that such a young man with such

character and potentially bright future had to die like this.

It is good that the community wants to try to nip the problems in the bud and do something about them themselves rather than waiting for outside "help". Doing it at their level is the solution to the violence in the black community.

Contrary to a couple of the comments the vast majority of violent crimes in the Augusta area is committed by blacks. That is not opinion. It's fact.

I wonder if the stabber had a father living in his home. Was he born out of wedlock?

Once again, we have some liberals who are showing the soft bigotry of low expectations as far as the blacks are concerned. They are indicating that just because something happened decades and hundreds of years ago to the blacks that they are too stupid to act within the law today.

When will liberals quit making excuses for poor behavior?

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Little Lamb 09/19/13 - 08:04 pm
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Given Names

Perhaps if Datravious and Zamartae had been given more conventional names at birth . . . . . . .

deestafford
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deestafford 09/19/13 - 10:49 pm
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Little Lamb, you make a good point.

The parents who give their children the African names, or made up names, are hurting their children's chances for good jobs in the future in many cases.

I have heard that personnel managers when reading resumes with these types of names on them many times don't go beyond the name.

Is that fair? Maybe not; but, ain't nobody ever said the world was fair. Is it prejudice? Yep; but, everyone prejudges some things and some people. Is is profiling? Yep; but, everyone profiles or they would not have peep holes in their doors.

The parents just have no idea what they are doing to their children. Sadly, some of them wouldn't care even if they did know.

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pinkdymondiva 09/21/13 - 12:41 am
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Some of you are heartless! It

Some of you are heartless! It doesn't matter what his name was. He was somebody and didn't deserve to die in such a fashion!! Please keep your negative comments to yourself. A mother lost her child to a senseless murder. This could happen to any of our children; anywhere; anytime!!

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