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Family of Stephon Holland share his story, his mother says she wants all five men charged with the killing of her son

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (WTPA21) - 22-year-old Stephon Holland was shot and killed in a convenience store on East State Boulevard early Wednesday morning. Now, his loved ones share his story and his mother is asking that police charge all five men involved in the shooting. She says, she wants justice for her son. 


Police arrested 38-year-old Darryl Davis Thursday in connection with Hollands murder and there are still four other suspects police say are involved.  

"He could make everyone laugh, he had the best sense of humor around,” Holland’s mother Lindsay Barton said. “About an hour after it happened, I found out, I didn’t know that he had passed.” 

She says she hasn’t come to terms that her son is gone.  

"This feels like a bad dream right now,” she said. "He got cheated, he had a lot of goals.” 

Police say Holland was returning from work when he stopped at the gas station and five men approached him. They say he went to go back inside and there was a brief argument before he was shot in the chest.  

"He was the one who made me feel safe, he made all of us feel safe,” His younger sister Keyonna Holland says he was always protective of her as the older brother. “He was a big brother to anyone, he was the first person everyone would call, if they needed anything he would be there.” 

She says he was turning his life around, and his passion was music. He had dreams of opening his own production studio someday.  

"Ever since he was young, he’d come down, mom listen to what I just wrote,” Holland said.  

Barton says she wants all five men charged with the killing of her son. 

“They should all be punished for it, I don’t think it should just be one person, it wasn’t just one person,” Barton said. 

She says she wants people to remember him as the kind, funny and passionate person he was.  

“I know that he was loved, someone like that, you’re not just going to do something like that and get away with it, so he was loved,” Barton said. 

She says, the family is raising money to help pay for Holland’s funeral expenses. Barton says they are accepting donations through the Cash App code in the image above.

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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