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'Justice we deserve:' Mother of north Fargo slaying victim patiently waiting for answers

The mother of 28-year-old Jaquan Gatewood says police have not indicated why her son was killed along with his good friend 27-year-old Kierre Davies. The family says they were at an after party that included strippers.

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FARGO — A grieving mother says she's patiently waiting for answers about the slaying of her son.

He was one of two men shot and killed in north Fargo early Saturday morning, Nov. 19.

The family of 28-year old Jaquan Gatewood wants him to be remembered for how he lived his life as a loving father of two boys, ages 7 and 2.

Gatewood and his longtime girlfriend were expecting a third child in May.

Now his family will have to figure out how to move on without him.

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A caring, compassionate, friendly, loyal gentleman — all words Elena Johnson used to describe her son.

"He had swagger about him, you know? He knows that he was nice looking, but it didn't go to his head. It was just like, 'I'm here for you,' " she said.

The characteristics behind his decision to develop a business plan to open a restaurant: He liked being his own boss, but it was hiring people that gave him more gratification.

"An opportunity to work a job, to be able to feed their families as well," said Johnson.

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Fargo police said Jaquan Gatewood, 28, and Kierre Davies, 27, both of Fargo, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred in the 1000 block of 15th Street North and was reported about 3:17 a.m. Saturday.

Those dreams came to an end early Saturday morning when he was shot multiple times.

His good friend and rap partner, 27-year-old Kierre Davies, was also shot multiple times at an apartment house on 15th Street North.

Neither of the men lived at the home.

"He let him stay with him when he didn't have a place to stay with his daughter. They were very close," said Johnson.

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The Fargo Police Department has not said what was going on at the home when the shooting occurred.

His family said he went to Club Summit with Davies earlier in the evening for an event that bragged about having the "baddest models" and that the friends then went back to the apartment house for an after-party that included strippers.

Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski would not confirm or deny that information.

"(We are) still not 100% certain one way or the other on what actually occurred here," said Zibolski. "We are continuing to get new information and acquire a better picture of what may have happened."

Gatewood's mother says police have not given her an inkling of what may have happened, but she says that she respects the process, knowing that it will work out.

For now she is focused on praying for forgiveness, accountability and repentance.

"So Kierre's family and our family can get the justice we deserve," she said.

Zibolski says his detectives will continue to work this case over the Thanksgiving holiday, and hope to have more information to release next week.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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