Fathers of quadruple homicide victims speaking out

A makeshift memorial has appeared in front of the Holton Avenue home where three people and an unborn baby were killed early Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.
A makeshift memorial has appeared in front of the Holton Avenue home where three people and an unborn baby were killed early Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- For the first time we’re hearing from the fathers of two victims killed in the Holton Avenue homicide. Dajahiona Arrington, her unborn baby and her brother Traeven Harris shot to death in their home Sunday.

As their fathers Contrall Harris and Lavelle Whitt mourn the tragic death, they’re calling on the community to take action.

“We just need more fathers to man up and raise their sons the right way,” said Lavelle Whitt, Dajahiona’s father. “That will probably kill half the problem. Then we need to put the guns down.”

20-year-old Marcus Dansby has been charged with killing 37-year-old Consuela Arrington; 18-year-old Traeven Harris; and the 18-year-old Dajahiona Arrington; her unborn baby; and attempted murder in the shooting and stabbing of 14-year-old Trinity Hairston.

Dajahiona, a young mother, was expecting her second child this week. Trae was a senior at Northrop High School and according to his dad Contrall Harris, he was already making big plans for the future.

Harris said he and his son were close. He said Trae could get out of trouble by just cracking a joke, and it’s something he did often because he loved to smile.

Like her brother, Dajahiona kept a smile on her face. Her father Lavelle Whitt said she was very giving.

“Just a beautiful young woman,” said Whitt. “She would help you anyway she could. She had a Beautiful smile, she loved to laugh. just so full of life.”

A soon-to-be mother of two and college bound high school senior. Both fathers are struggling with what could have been, all while planning to bury their children.

“I love her so much,” said Whitt. “I would do anything for her and I just have to send her off the right way.”

The family has been working with Nelson Memorial Garden to plan a funeral for the victims, but the cost to bury Trae, Dajahiona and her newborn baby is a huge undertaking for them.

The two said it will cost $25,000 dollars to lay them to rest and they are asking for help.

If you’d like to help, send donations directly to Nelson Memorial Garden in the victim’s names. They’ve also set up a bank account at PNC Bank under Holton Avenue tragedy.

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