Late on the evening of November 9th, 2004, Daron’s mother cuddled with him at their apartment, then tucked him into bed, with the words “Be a big boy and go to bed and be good.” He was wearing a brand new powder blue sleeper for the first time.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on the morning of November 10th, 2004, Daron died. He had been beaten by a guest in his home. His mother, asleep in her own room, was awakened by the sound of a crashing lamp and rushed Daron to a hospital emergency room. It was too late; the attending physician said simply, “He didn’t make it.” He died of severe abdominal injuries and a fractured skull. In an instant, Daron was taken from his family and friends forever by an act of incredible cruelty.
His bloodied powder blue sleeper was found three floors below, in a lobby trash can.
The guest had been welcomed to the apartment home of Daron and his mother as an act of kindness. Due to personal problems he needed a place to stay. The violence began when he returned to the apartment, highly intoxicated.
The guest was arrested the same day, and after numerous court appearances, pled guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to a jail term of 21 years to life.