Hours after his high school graduation, 18-year-old LeDajrick "LD" Cox was murdered defending his female friend from three cat-callers.
Cox was out with four of his friends in Irving, Texas, on May 28 celebrating his high school graduation, according to KDFW. At around 1:45 a.m., the group was on their way out of a 7-Eleven when three men in a white Kia Optima began catcalling one of his friends. The others in the group immediately came to her defense and Cox attempted to diffuse the tense situation.
"Knowing him, he was trying to talk his way out of [it]," said Cox's father, Reginald Henry.
After the group drove away, the men subsequently followed. The car eventually pulled up alongside the group and the men opened fire, hitting Cox in the head and the side. He subsequently died from his injuries in a Dallas hospital. Two other boys were also shot, but are expected to recover.
Cox was voted homecoming king, most popular, best looking, and best all around at his high school.
"He just wanted to do the right thing, wanted to achieve, just tried so hard," his father told KDFW. "I was real proud of him."
A vigil is planned at Cox's high school on May 29. Police are asking the public for any information they may have on the three suspects or on the vehicle they were driving. Detectives are still working to provide the public with information on the suspects themselves.
"You know, he was my only son. That was it. He has siblings and they look up to him and they were just so happy for him just to see him happy," his father added. "It's just over. It feels like a part of me is just hurt."
Cox planned to start Navarro College in the fall, where he would play football. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Navarro football team members tweeted their condolences.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the LD Cox family," read the tweet. "LD had a great spirit/appreciation to him. RIP!"
Family members took to social media express their grief.
"With tears flowing all I can ask God is 'What are you trying to tell us?' Just a baby with a promising future," wrote his aunt, Theresa Ross, on Facebook. "How do you go from graduation 1 day and your life gone hours later? Rest on my sweet nephew LD Cox. Continuously praying for my brother and my nephew['s] mother."