RACINE — Racine police are investigating the homicide of 20-year-old Dashaun Jordan, found shot to death early Monday in an alley south of 16th Street between Phillips and Murray avenues.
Police responded to the area at midnight on a report of shots fired when they located Jordan, who lived in Racine.
Investigators closed the alley until about 8:30 a.m. Monday to collect evidence.
Deep Dhaliwal, the owner of A D United Petroleum, 1917 16th St., said he gave police video from surveillance cameras mounted on the corner of his building, which may have captured the crime scene on the night of the shooting.
Jordan’s cousin, Orience Carothers, said Jordan was walking home from a fish fry late Sunday night and decided to go down the alley behind a boarded-up house when he was shot.
“His uncle told him not to go that way; 16th is a bad area. He ended up getting shot,” Carothers said.
Carothers said he has no idea what happened.
“He minded his own business. He would always tell us to watch your surroundings. For real. He never got in trouble,” Carothers said.
Planning for the future
Carothers said Jordan had just finished summer school and earned his graduation certificate from Park High School through a program with the Racine Alternative Education School.
“He just got it, too. A week ago,” Carothers said.
Carothers said he’s going to miss the cousin he called his “big” cousin.
“He was smooth. He would tell you about yourself. He was funny,” Carothers said. “We used to play basketball all summer long. Then football (season) would come and we’d play football.”
Jordan’s family friend, Lasheky Hill, who lives near the scene, was distraught by the news of his death.
“He was a good boy. He didn’t deserve that,” Hill said.
Hill said Jordan was an up-and-coming rapper who stayed out of trouble.
“He rapped. He had dreams,” Hill said. “I want to move. This stuff is too close to home.”
The incident is being investigated as a homicide. No other details have been released.
Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime.
Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.