LIMA — Family and friends of homicide victim Danielle Lamont “Bubba” Jackson held candles and wore orange ribbons during a candlelight prayer vigil to bring awareness to gun violence Friday night at Pappy’s Lounge.
On Jan. 20, around 2:45 a.m., Jackson, 44, was in the parking lot of Pappy’s Lounge, 1000 W. North St., Lima, waiting for a ride to take him home. He was approached by an unknown person(s) and was shot a short time later. Pappy’s Lounge employees along with patrons of the establishment heard the shots and tried to render first aid after running outside and finding him lying on the ground. He was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Tasha Berkhalter, event organizer and close family friend, said she wanted to organize the vigil for the family, friends and community to come together, pray and comfort one another.
“I wanted to bring gun violence awareness to the area and neighborhood and bring justice for Bubba and his family,” Berkhalter said.
Berkhalter described Jackson as down to earth and said he was affectionately known as “Mr. 300” because he bowled a 300 at 20th Century Lanes. He was currently a line chef at Milano Cafe and worked part time at Lulu’s Diner. She said she will miss his sincerity and said he was funny and made people laugh.
Family and friends shared hugs during the vigil and Jackson’s father, Leroy, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin and Jackson’s family members shared memories of Jackson.
Jackson’s father said he touched many lives showing love to others and was the greatest oldest son he could ask for. He asked those who attended the vigil to stay strong for his son.
“I had (Jackson) for 44 years and now he is in heaven with God. Everyone has an appointed time to go to heaven,” Leroy said.
Martin said the police department is continuing to pursue every possible lead on this case and encouraged the community to contact the department if they have any information.
“The community comes together not just when times are good but when tragedy strikes. What happened here a few short days ago was a tragedy, but I am making a pledge that the name Danielle Lamont Jackson will not be forgotten,” Martin said.
He said Jackson’s life was stolen from him for no reason.
Jackson’s siblings Marshane, Jonathan and Jessica remembered their older brother.
“He was like a dad to us when my mom and dad were gone and cooked for us until they got home from work,” Marshane said.
He said Jackson would love the celebration for him and all of the people who came out to celebrate his life.
Jonathan said his brother had so many friends and enjoyed spending time with him at their house.
Jessica said it is comforting to know all of the lives Jackson touched.
“He would be so happy to see all of these people. People need to put down the guns because too many people are dying by guns and it needs to stop,” Jessica said.
Deborah Batty, Jackson’s aunt, came from Alabama for the vigil.
“Family is everything, and I wouldn’t miss this,” Batty said. She said Jackson was the oldest grandson and her first born nephew.
“Bubba always loved to hug others and would give you a kiss and hug,” Batty said. She said she last saw Jackson three years ago in Lima for a family birthday party.
Jackson was a 1994 graduate of Lima Senior High School. He had also been employed at Nelson Packaging Co. and Custom Staffing at Procter & Gamble. He loved to spend time with his family and play cards. He was a loyal fan of the Oakland Raiders.
Jackson’s funeral service begins at 1 p.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Family and friends may call two hours prior to services today in the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com
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