Thursday marked one year since 12 year old Donavan Ruland was shot and killed while riding an ATV behind his home in Rockford. “He was a good boy, and I miss him dearly, he was your basic 12 year old kid,” said Donavan’s mother Nicole Foster, holding back tears.
On the anniversary of his murder, friends and loved ones came together to keep his memory alive. Fellow ATV riders even came to his home and popped wheelies in Donavan’s honor.
“He touched so many people without even knowing it,” Foster said. She and Perez hope for justice, and say the day their son died two lives were lost.
“Your 15,16 years old and you will never be able to go outside of a fence,” she added. 16 year old Anthony Jenkins is charged for his murder and is now being tried as an adult. He faces 16 counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted armed robbery.
“Guns don’t discriminate, bullets don’t discriminate, there’s no reason for any of this,” Foster said. “In a way, this happened because somebody wanted something he had,” she said.
While friends laid candles near the sight of his murder, Donavan’s parents say to cherish every moment you have with your children. “Never take anything for granted, tomorrow is never promised,” Foster said.
Jenkins is scheduled to be back in court for a status hearing on June 12th.