Relatives of a 17-year-old killed in a shooting Monday say he was a good father to his daughter and had big plans for his future.
Devonyae Miles suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday night while walking down Browning Road. The Leflore County Sheriff’s Department is investigating but has identified no suspects or possible motives.
Miles leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter, Jessila Lockett.
“I don’t know why this happened. He was just a teenager,” said his mother, Edwina Miles. “There was no gang stuff or anything like that; he was walking to visit his baby.”
Miles attended Greenwood High School and later graduated from Maranatha Christian Academy.
“He was a good boy. I never had any problems with him,” Edwina Miles said. “He was the only one of my children that never disrespected or talked back to me.”
She said she has fond memories of when he and his three sisters would put on shows, dances and rap performances to cheer her up.
Kembriyah Jones, his older sister, said her brother was funny, outgoing and “always loved to laugh.”
Jones said her brother was an excellent father who “loved his baby and was with her all the time.” She remembered that when he announced he was going to be a father, her older-sister instincts kicked in, and she was happy to give him advice.
“I helped him out, told him about Pampers, the types of bottles to get, and told him since she’s a girl he needs to stay in her life,” Jones said. “Girls need a father.”
And although his mother expected him to go into the Army, Jones knew her brother’s true plans. “He wanted to do video game design and make his own,” she said, adding with a laugh, “He was a video game freak.”
Mesha Smith, Miles’ aunt, who has started a GoFundMe page for his funeral that has raised over $1,000, said her nephew was taken far too soon.
“Devonyae was an outspoken little boy who was becoming a man with a lot of dreams,” said Smith. “All he wanted was to get out of Mississippi and become someone for his little girl he is leaving behind.”
Smith said Miles was still grieving for his cousin, Recardo Harper, who died in 2017, also at the age of 17.
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