RACINE — Balloons, T-shirts and inscriptions on the wall near where Dashaun Jordan was fatally shot all bore the same message Sunday night: “Long Live 2-3.”
More than 100 family, friends and community members gathered in an alley south of 16th Street between Phillips and Murray avenues Sunday to remember Jordan, 20, who was killed in the early morning hours of August 7. Police have charged 17-year-old Rytrell Earl with Jordan’s homicide and have alleged that Earl shot Jordan, who had no gang affiliations, thinking he was a rival gang member.
Many of the group wore T-shirts with the message “I know you’re watching me from that blue sky, RIP Dashaun” on the front and “#LongLive23,” on the back. According to several of his friends, the nickname is an homage to another Jordan, Chicago Bulls legend Michael, who wore 23 in his playing days.
Two of Jordan’s close friends, Jermaine Tripp and one of Jordan’s music partners “J Munna,” offered up stories during Sunday’s vigil.
“He reminded me of me without my glasses,” Tripp said. “We would just look at each other and we would start smirking, laughing.”
J Munna said that Jordan motivated him to pursue his music career. He also came up with the nickname “2-3.”
“His last name was Jordan and he didn’t have a nickname, it was just Dashaun,” J Munna said. “I’m like ‘Nah, I’m gonna call him 2-3.’ “
Bryan Wright, an assistant director at Racine Unified School District, shared the story of helping Jordan get his graduation certificate from Park High School through a program with the Racine Alternative Education School.
“I want to make sure that we all know that Dashaun graduated from high school,” Wright said.
Pastor Prentiss Robbins Jr., the leader of New Beginnings of Faith Church of God in Christ, 2711 19th St., led the group in an animated “Our Father” to close out the vigil. He offered the group a challenge following the prayer.
“This is real love right here, but we’ve got to do it every day,” Robbins said.
After many of those in attendance, including Alderman John Tate II and mayoral candidates Melvin Hargrove and Cory Mason, had dispersed, many of Jordan’s friends gathered closely as a car backed into the alley and played one of Jordan’s songs on its stereo. After the song was over, Jordan’s friends released balloons into the air.
As the balloons drifted into the sky, Jordan’s friends yelled “2-3” in unison.
“I feel like I lost a part of me,” Tripp said. “I don’t think that he’s gone. I don’t feel it.”
"This is real love right here, but we've got to do it every day."
— Pastor Prentiss Robbins, Jr.
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