Update: Convenience Store Shooting

by Danielle Cotterman on September 13, 2011 at 3:41 am

At about 8 o’clock Saturday night a shooting outside the Dairy Mart at the corner of Baker and Pine Street in Zanesville left one man dead. On Sunday, friends and family of the victim talked about who he was and what he leaves behind.

The sound of rap music is commonly heard outside the Dairy Mart in Zanesville. A well-known hang out for the group Ghetto Devoted Entertainment.

"Music is just the language we got to speak through to get people to understand what we’re trying to do."

"Ultimately it’s about community activism and the upliftment of our people and this is not, this is not the direction it’s suppose to be going in," said friend Goldie Felder.

It was there outside the Dairy Mart Saturday night 21-year-old Dante Wolford was shot and killed.

"He was a star, in many different ways he just never had the chance to break through," said Friend Kyle Kaplinger.

22-year-old Dante Wolford was just one of the crew. Friends say he had an up and coming deal with Universal Records

"He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Kaplinger.

"He was too young this wasn’t suppose to happen to him man. This wasn’t suppose to happen," said Dante’s sister Johanna Wyer.

"Just like most young kids they struggle. Why’d it have to happen to my son I don’t understand," said Dante’s father Leslie Myers.

A disbelief all too common in the area. Just last April, friend Dajun McKenzie was shot and killed only one street over.

"Do the right thing in life and stay off these streets and around the wrong people, I’m telling you," said Leslie Myers.

A lesson too late for Dante and Dajun but one that still has hope for those close.

To help pay for funeral expenses, an account will be set up at the Century National Bank on Maysville Pike. At this time, the shooting remains under investigation by the Zanesville Police Department.


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