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Vigil held for slain Stevens student

Daveon Jasiri Jordan, 18, killed in Monday night shooting

SAN ANTONIO – A prayer vigil was held Tuesday night for a Stevens High School senior who was shot to death on the city's far West Side.

Daveon Jasiri Jordan, 18, was killed around 9:15 p.m. Monday in a vacant lot at 1215 Longmont Street, San Antonio police said.

Another Stevens student, Roderick Lee, 18, was also injured in the shooting. He was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tuesday night, Jordan's mother Katrina Byrd said she is heartbroken over her son's death. She said seeing all of his friends and teammates brought her much support.

"It makes me feel happy. It just shows me how so many people loved and cherished my son as much as I did," said Byrd.

Police are still searching for a motive in the shooting, which Byrd said leaves her frustrated.

"I just want the closure of (asking Jordan's killer), 'Why you had to take it upon yourself to end his life,'" she said. "He was only 18, just a senior in high school. He didn't deserve to die like this."

Hundreds gathered at Columbia baseball fields on East Ellison Drive for the vigil in his memory. Many released balloons signifying their love and well-wishes to Jordan, while others wore shirts with his picture.

Teammate Ricky Rodriguez said he'll miss Jordan's smile and enthusiasm for life.

"He had a certain glow to him. When he walked into a room, you knew he was there," Rodriguez said. "You could be sad one minute or mad the next, but he'd make you happy just like that."

Jordan's death hit students particularly hard at the high school. The district says grief counselors were on-hand Tuesday and will be there Wednesday in case more students need to talk.