Downtown Death Of 27-Year-Old Man Leaves Family Heartbroken
(Memphis) David Santucci was by himself early Monday morning when he was gunned down, but his mother says he wasn’t alone.
“I think he felt like he had the Lord’s protection around him.”
No hate. No anger.
Only heartbreak at Darlin Fugit’s Germantown home.
Fugit talked about her son’s nurturing spirit, a boy who loved animals and children, a man who became a nurse because he liked helping people.
“He had a spiritual attribute. It was a Lord’s gift, that it just didn’t come from wanting to be a good person,” Fugit said.
Police say Mario Patterson, Dondre Johnson and Jerrica Nnorfleet tried to rob Santucci Monday morning and ended up shooting and killing him.
Cellphone video shows several people trying to help after the shooting.
Santucci’s mom says he dreamed of paying off his student loan, getting a house, then a wife.
He loved the Grizzlies.
He called his mom often and always ended his phone calls the same:
“He’d always say ‘Love you, mom.’”
Fugit knows exactly what she and her son would say if they met his attackers.
“I would do the same thing as David. I will face them and across that table I would tell them the same thing: That Jesus loves them and I pray that they know Jesus Christ as their personal savior and I forgive them,” she said.
She said she believes something bigger happened in the darkness Monday morning than the attack on her son.
“If the whole purpose of David dying and the way he died was for the purpose of people coming to know Jesus, if that’s the purpose, I can understand,” she said.
No bond was set for Johnson or Patterson, who are charged with first-degree murder.
Norfleet’s bond was set at $750,000. She was charged as an accessory.
Their next court appearance is August 20th.