TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – The mother of an 18-year-old shooting victim shares her grief, as the community gathers to show its support. Family and friends gathered at Jaqualyn Paxton’s former workplace today to honor her memory.
“Today, this is really Jaqualyn Paxton’s Day,” said Shawntell Young, Paxton’s mother. “This is really… this is her, this is what she liked, this is how she liked to be – surrounded by friends.”
McDonald’s restaurants in Texarkana are collecting donations for the family of Jaqualyn Paxton. She was fatally shot last week.
“She was, you know, special,” said Terell Carrington, general manager of the McDonald’s on East Seventh St. “She was always a happy person, everybody loved her. This is just a way to give back to the family.”
The 18-year-old worked for Carrington at his McDonald’s location. Employees wore t-shirts with her photo on the front and a catchphrase on the back.
“This is what she’d say every day when she walked through the door, ‘What’s up wit cha, what’s good wit cha?'” said Carrington.
“That’s just who my baby was,” said Young. “She was supportive and lovely.”
Paxton’s mother is now calling on parents to help get guns out of their children’s hands.
“You know these kids have these guns,” said Young. “I would hate for anybody to have to endure what I’m doing now. What his family is enduring now.”
Police said the suspect in the shooting, Markelle Davis, faces a first-degree murder charge.
“In a split-second, everybody, the community has been changed,” said Young. “That’s what I’m seeing, a community has been changed. And our whole lives have been changed forever. I don’t get my baby back. I don’t get her back.”
The McDonald’s on East Seventh Street in Texarkana, Ark., will also donate 20-percent of their proceeds April 24 to Paxton’s family.