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2010 in review: graduation party shooting

"Everybody just kept saying he didn't deserve it."

Sunceray Dean, mother of the late Devante Lamar Dallas

RIVERVIEW — More than six months after he should have graduated from high school, 18-year-old Khayri Rashaad McCray awaits trial in the death of another young man at a May graduation party.

Authorities say McCray, then a Spoto High School senior, shot and killed Durant High School senior Devante Lamar Dallas, 18, when he fired into a crowd at the Winthrop Barn and Theater on Bloomingdale Avenue during a fight.

Charged with second-degree murder, McCray had been held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail since his May 23 arrest.

At a Dec. 20 hearing, a Hillsborough County circuit judge granted McCray a $200,000 bond. As of early this week, though, McCray remained behind bars.

McCray could get a minimum mandatory term of 25 years in prison, with the possibility of a life sentence, if convicted.

Another status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Dallas, who according to his mother didn't know McCray, died at the scene as partygoers rushed to leave the chaos after the shooting. The incident reverberated through the community, initially sparking rumors of retaliation, and then prompting community leaders to seek solutions to curbing violence among teens.

Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer

2010 in review: graduation party shooting 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:31am]
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