MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - The Middletown woman who found a teenager shot and bleeding on the sidewalk is now trying to help others. She hopes her emotional experience while trying to save his life will inspires others to learn how to do it too.
Joseph Davis’ killer will be sentenced May 28. Then, the next night, there’s a vigil planned to honor Davis, exactly a year from the day he died. His friends say it wasn’t enough to light candles and pray for their friend, they wanted to do more -- so they’re holding a CPR class before that vigil so everyone will know what to do if they ever find someone who’s been shot.
“It was a gang murder,” said Quartura Davis, who believes her 17-year-old Joseph died as part of someone else’s gang initiation. “There’s speculation that there were three people who actually shot Joseph. I’m guessing they passed the gun around.”
But only one person has been arrested, a 16-year-old boy from Middletown. Quartura Davis said they moved to Middletown from Detroit to escape gang violence. She ended up moving back after her son’s murder.
"On the porch smoking a cigarette and I heard a little pop, it sounded like a firecracker,” said Amanda Proffitt, who heard the shooting in May 2018 around 11:45 p.m. on Woodlawn Avenue.
That’s when a boy ran to her, frantic.
“They’re shooting him! They’re shooting him!” the boy yelled to her.
Amanda, and her friend Kimmie Brummett-Smith, are both trained in CPR. They worked on Joseph Davis, for what seemed like an eternity.
“You feel like you do what you can, you’re trying, but you don’t feel like it’s good enough,” said Brummett-Smith.
”And she was like, ‘Amanda, you’re doing fine, keep going! Keep going!’ She’s like, ‘C’mon, we’ve been trained for this, we know what we’re doing!’” said Proffitt. “I’m not stopping! This kid’s not dying on me!”
They never stopped to think that they could get shot too.
Joseph Davis didn’t make it. But through him, they say they want to try and save someone else by teaching people CPR.
“I feel like having this class will show them if something like this was to happen again, and you were around it, you’d be able to know what you were doing and save somebody else’s life,” said Haley Johnson, a classmate and friend of Joseph Davis.
To add insult to injury, somebody burnt the memorial to Joseph on Woodlawn Avenue.
"A couple days ago, a child made a viral video, they came down and stole bears from it and set them on fire,” said Proffitt. “This is something they can’t take away. This is something they can’t ruin, this is something they can’t destroy. This is something that means much more than some flowers and a bear!”
Mrs. Watts, a nurse at Marshall High School, will administer the CPR course from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 29. The class will be held at the Kingswell Building at 1124 Central Ave. Following the CPR instruction, there will also hold be a candlelight vigil starting at 7:30 p.m. on Woodlawn Avenue.