Alleged teenage murder victim named as family pay tribute to their ‘ray of light’

Dontae Davis was ‘loving and thoughtful’ with a ‘cheeky smile’ that lit up any room he entered, his family said

<p>Dontae Davis died from a stab wound in Lawrence Hill, Bristol.</p>

Dontae Davis died from a stab wound in Lawrence Hill, Bristol.

The family of a teenager who was allegedly murdered in Lawrence Hill have paid tribute to their ‘ray of light’.

Dontae Davis, aged 18, died from a stab wound in the Hayes Close area on Thursday, October 14.

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A week following his death, his family, of Bishopsworth, have shared a heartfelt tribute to him.

In a statement, they said: “Dontae was strong, loving, caring, charming and a thoughtful son, brother, nephew and a friend to all.

“A young man of justice who always loved to do right for others and loved football, music and online gaming with his siblings and friends.

“Dontae was a ray of light with a distinctive cheeky smile, that would shine through any room he entered.

“He was a family oriented person who was playful and loved spending time with his younger siblings.

“His heart was pure and his intentions were true and never half-hearted and we as a family are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.”

Kairon Sawyers, 19, of Whitchurch, has appeared in court charged with Dontae’s murder.

Yesterday, detectives continued an appeal for anyone who was in the area of Hayes Close and Hassell Drive between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, especially anyone with dashcam, CCTV or phone footage, to get in contact.

Bristol Commander Superintendent Mark Runacres said: “Our community feels deeply this heartbreaking loss of a young life. Neighbourhood officers continue to patrol and engage with people.

Police in Lawrence Hill on October 14.

“I and my colleagues welcomed the opportunity to meet with concerned parents, community groups, other agencies and services on Monday to listen, to explain what we’re doing, and discuss how we can continue to pull together to keep our children safe on the streets.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and give the reference 5221241131.

Crimestoppers will take information 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.