Markese Logan spoke with Shakur Jefferies three hours before he was fatally shot Saturday evening.
This was a routine daily chat for the two, who were best friends since childhood.
Logan had finished work and called Jefferies to vent. He lent an open ear, and his mom even got on the line to give Logan some advice.
Logan told them he would be over soon to visit.
“It doesn’t make sense to lose him in that manner, because I wanted to grow old with him,” Logan said Tuesday in a phone interview.
At about 5 p.m., police received several reports of shots fired near the 600-block of Washmill Lake Drive in Halifax. When police arrived, they found 21-year-old Jefferies dead at the scene.
The pair were known in their community of Mulgrave Park as having a Mario and Luigi-style friendship.
But Jefferies also made all his friends feel like they were his best friends.
“That’s why it’s such a hard loss,” Logan said. “I know the special impacts he made with people.”
Logan heard the news a few hours later. He thought about Christmas, a planned summer vacation and the future of Jefferies’ family and his only son.
But mainly he thought, this can’t be real.
“He’s the one rock that keeps his family . . . and friends strong and united,” Logan said.
|Shakur Oshay Trevez Jefferies. (Facebook)|
He described Jefferies as a loyal, dependable man who put his family and friends first, a good listener and speaker who always knew what to say.
Now with that rock gone, Logan is left with a mix of emotions that range from hurt and anger to disbelief.
He said there are no excuses for the violence that took place on Saturday.
“All these memories are just clouding some of my judgment. That’s why I’m not making some of the best choices right now,” he said.
Carvel Clayton — an artist known for making pleas for an end to violence — was charged with second-degree murder in relation to Saturday’s shooting. He appeared in court Monday but the case was adjorned until Dec. 2.
As Clayton was escorted out of the courtroom, a brawl broke out between the family and friends of both men. Logan was among the Jefferies supporters in the room.
“We are all trying to get our mind together because we are all so flustered and angered by so many emotions,” he said.
“You don’t go and take someone’s best friend and things be happy.”
But Logan is trying to resist the anger, and focus on the strength his best friend left behind.
He feels Jefferies’ presence every time he looks at a blue chair in his room.
“He wouldn’t let me sit in my own chair. He would always run up and sit there,” he said.
He also gets the same feeling every time he looks at Jefferies’ son.
Logan said Jefferies’ family needs to be surrounded by unconditional love and a unified community.
“It’s hard to cry and grieve if we are not all on the same page,” he said.
He said simple acts like giving hugs, or sharing memories on Facebook and Instagram, are shedding a little bit of light on the dark days.
“We need to take the small steps for his family and be there for every last one of them.”
Original publish date: Nov. 15, 2016