Friends, family mourn loss of 39-year-old Orlando father to gun violence

Friends and family are mourning the loss of 39-year-old David St. Claire Theodore Jarvis, who passed away on Sunday from injuries sustained from gun violence.

Jarvis was discovered with a gunshot wound by Orange County Fire Rescue units who were responding to a crash that took place on Sunday, February 27 on Mercy Drive. During OCFR’s patient assessment, emergency personnel discovered that Jarvis, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, had been shot. Jarvis was transported to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

This week, friends and family have taken to social media to mourn the loss of Jarvis, who leaves behind a son that shares his name.

“Since we heard the news, my family has been struggling to cope with his tragic death,” reads a social media post from Jarvis’ sister, Jamila Hartsfield-Wright. According to Hartsfield-Wright, the siblings’ mother, Joyce Hartsfield, had been recovering from COVID when she heard the news.

“Please keep us lifted up, and lift my mom even higher as she is already dealing with her COVID recovery, and now the loss of her child,” reads the post.

Hundreds of friends have left condolences and well-wishes for the family through social media.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting, with no suspects identified at this time.

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