Julian Dawkins went to his aunt's house in Alexandria on Tuesday night to celebrate: His cousin had just learned that she had made the Washington Mystics roster for this season. When the gathering ended, a neighbor heard Dawkins talking with, then arguing with, then chasing a man down the street.
According to police, Dawkins, 22, a shuttle driver for the "PBS NewsHour," was fatally shot by an off-duty Arlington County sheriff's deputy. Family members say they are still struggling to understand why.
"He was a working guy. Didn't bother nobody," said Curtis Dawkins, Julian Dawkins's father. "It's just so sad and senseless that these things had to occur."
As of Wednesday afternoon, the deputy — 44-year-old Craig Patterson — had not been charged. Ashley Hildebrandt, an Alexandria police spokeswoman, said that detectives had interviewed him and that he was released.