Javon Dawson, 17, died June 7, after being shot by a police officer outside a graduation party. He had just completed his sophomore year at Gibbs High School.
He often played Madden NFL on his XBox 360 and even mentioned playing for the NFL someday.
At Gibbs and in his neighborhood, Dawson was known as a joker.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times from June 11, 2008 to June 16, 2009