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DaVitte family issues statement to thank community

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 8:45 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 22, 2014 12:00 AM
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After hundreds of family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to the life of William R. DaVitte, his family released a statement to The Augusta Chronicle thanking the community for its continued support.

DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.

In the statement, the family said the community’s support has been of great comfort to them.

“Over the last few days, you have all shared your grief, tears, hugs and handshakes,” the statement said. “We want you to know we have felt your love for Bill.”

DaVitte, a long-time member of Marvin, worked at Resolute Forest Products (Augusta Newsprint) for 31 years. He was an avid golfer who also leaves behind two children and three grandchildren, his family said.

DaVitte’s funeral was held Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial followed in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., several hours after DaVitte was killed. Robinson remains in custody in Jacksonville, and there is no timetable on when he’ll be extradited to Columbia County.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday afternoon that there were no updates on the case.


Statement from the William R. DaVitte family:

The family and friends of Bill DaVitte would like to thank all of you who have comforted and supported us since Bill was taken from us.

Over the last few days, you have all shared your grief, tears, hugs and handshakes. We want you to know we have felt your love for Bill. We’ve welcomed your laughter too and the stories you shared of the good times with Bill. He touched all of us and we are grateful for your memories. We will add them to our own.

Bill was special and so are all his friends.

You meant so much to him.

You mean so much to us.

Thank you,

The Bill DaVitte Family

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AFjoe 08/22/14 - 07:56 am
Can't get much sadder than this.

I did not know this family, but they appeared to be a good looking, loving couple just from the one photo I saw of them. He certainly did not deserve the fate he received at the hands of a real savage. May he rest in peace and my the savage rot in hell.

jimmymac 08/22/14 - 09:49 am

Yes it's sad when a decent man is shot down by a ruthless thug for his car. How about going out and work and buy your own car or is that too much to expect? The sadder thing is this animal will milk the system for 15 or 20 years. If he'd committed this crime in Fla. he'd more than likely get the death penalty. In GA. it's not likely and in Augusta no chance.

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