Man killed at local Halloween night party was father of 6-month-old

Dairse Holder, 22, was the father of a 6-month-old boy. (Courtesy photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A man who died in a shooting at a Halloween night party at a Waco apartment complex was the father of a 6-month-old infant, family members say.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who died, but family members later confirmed he was Dairse Holder, 22, the father of a 6-month-old infant.

About 80 people including family members showed up for a balloon release at 5:30 p.m. Friday in his memory at the Grove Apartments at 2826 South University Parks Dr., where the shooting occurred.

“He was very beloved,” his mother, Alicia Gully, told KWTX.

“And all of these people here are such a support,” she said.

“If anyone out there knows who did this senseless killing, please come forward,” she said.

Holder’s grandfather, Joe Randolph, echoed Gully’s appeal.

“I’m having to experience something I thought I never would see,” he said.

“My faith in God is what helps me get through.”

Police were investigating Friday.

“Details are limited, but what we know now is that several individuals were involved in a verbal disturbance,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a news release.

The argument led to a fight, during which one of the partygoers pulled a handgun and began shooting, Swanton said.

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.

Swanton said both victims were guests at the complex party, but neither lived in the complex.

The incident still is under investigation.

A spokesman for the complex issued a statement late Friday afternoon in which he said, “The Grove at Waco management team has been closely working with law enforcement authorities as they investigate last night’s shooting.”

“In the meantime, we are keeping our residents up to date on the situation and working to address any concerns they might have. They have been and continue to be our first priority.”