Family of Central Texas man who was fatally shot hopes for change

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The family of a man who was shot and killed at a Halloween party last year in Waco is thanking local police departments and hoping his death might inspire change.

D'airse Holder, 22, with his 6-month-old boy. (Courtesy photo)

D'airse Holder, 22, a father to a 6-month-old boy, was shot and killed on Oct. 31, 2019.

Holder was attending a Halloween party at the Grove Apartments at 2826 South University Parks Dr., when the shooting occurred.

"I never wanted to bury my child, but for it to happen this way was senseless," says Holder's mother Alicia Gully.

Police originally said that an argument led to a fight, during which one of the party-goers pulled a handgun and began shooting.

Others at the party drove Holder to a local hospital where McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson later pronounced him dead.

A second victim, identified as Davion Hawkins, was also was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries.

He was later released.

"He left his 6-month-old son, he is not going to be here for his son's first birthday," says Gully who has struggled in the weeks since her son's death.

While the investigation is ongoing, earlier this month Waco Police reported that Hillsboro police arrested Jamarine Jashan Long on a warrant stemming from the shooting.

"I want to give a special thanks to Waco and Hillsboro police," say Gully, "I was having very sleepless nights but to get that partial closure made me be at peace," she says.

At peace, but still hurting, as her grandson grows up without his father.

She is asking for everyone in the community to help put an end to gun violence.

"Do what's right, stop the violence and put the guns down," says Gully.