Note, this promising young man, who goes by the tag “Donkey Cartel” (double entendre for symbol of the Democratic Party maybe) was “turning his life around” and expecting a baby in February. I wonder what preparations he was making to be a good role model. Also, note headline relating to role of “gun violence.” So remember it was the gun that did this.
Parents of teen gunman killed by off-duty officer at Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina speak out
Parents of a North Carolina teen slain by an off-duty cop during a mall shooting on Christmas Eve are mourning the loss of their son. Daquan Westbrook, 18, spent his last moments at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte, shopping for his mother’s Christmas present, [Sheana Shirley told WSOC.](http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/exclusive-parents-armed-teen-killed-northlake-mall/nprcr/?ecmp=wsoctv_social_facebook_2014_sfp) He had just gotten off the phone asking her shoe size when he bumped into a rival gang member who shot his older brother in the head, Shirley said. After being jumped and attacked, Westbrook pulled out a gun and fired, [sending the mall into a panic on one of the busiest shopping days of the year](http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shots-fired-northlake-mall-n-christmas-eve-article-1.2476181), police said.
via wsoctv.com Daquan Westbrook’s parents were heartbroken after their son died on Christmas Eve.
His mother said she wasn’t surprised Westbrook had a gun after his older brother was shot in the head, but she had advised him to avoid his assailant. “He wasn’t looking for that boy, he told me,” the heartbroken mother said. “I told him, ‘baby, I don’t need you to be in jail, and I don’t need you to be dead.’” But after sending bullets through the mall packed with last-minute Christmas Eve shoppers, Westbrook ended up killed.
Robert Lahser/AP Authorities and emergency crews rushed to the mall on Dec. 24 after hearing reports of shots fired.
Officer Thomas Ferguson, who was off-duty, was working a second job at the mall. He confronted Westbrook after hearing gunfire. Police said Ferguson opened fire and killed Westbrook after he aimed his gun at the cop. His mother doesn’t believe that her son would carry out such a brazen act.
Instagram Daquan Westbrook, a rapper who goes by the name “Donkey Cartel,” was killed on Thursday after pulling out at a gun at the Northlake Mall.
“If that police told Daquan put that gun down, Daquan would put that gun down, it’s not like he’s crazy or mental or nothing, he was very respectful,” she told the local station. Officer Ferguson has since been put on paid administrative leave as officials investigate the shooting. Westbrook, who also went by his rap name “Donkey Cartel,”had a mixtape titled “Convicted Felon with a Weapon” released in April.
Instagram Westbrook had a long history of gun violence but was turning his life around, his mother said.
The aspiring rapper had a long history of gun violence after being charged in 2014 for shooting a 12-year-old boy in the leg in 2013. Since then, he had been arrested at least 11 times, according to police records. His most recent arrest was on Oct. 18, for marijuana possession, speeding and resisting arrest. Westbrook’s parents **said he was turning his life around****, going to Gaston Community College and hoping to work in construction with his rap music as a side career.**
** He was also expecting a child in February.