Family remembers Butler High student stabbed to death

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

Datravious Hoskins (WRDW-TV)

Datravious Hoskins (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The family of a Butler High School senior is looking for answers after an 18-year-old is stabbed to death just steps from their home.

It happened Tuesday night on Neptune Drive in south Augusta.

Investigators say 15 year old Zemartae Davis got into an argument with Datravious Hoskins over a video game system, but Hoskins family believes there's more to the story.

His grandmom, Ida Sanders Chenault, says it was supposed to be just a quick trip to the store.

"He said 'I'm gonna run to the store and get me some chips and a drink and I'll be right back', but my baby never made it back," she said.

On his way home her grandson 18-year-old Datravious "Bubba" Hoskins was stabbed.

"She said 'mommy they're trying to do CPR on him and every time they push nothing comes up out of him but blood," recalled Sanders-Chenault.

As her grandson lay on the street just steps from her home all Ida could do was pray.

"I said God I never ask for very much, but this is my baby. Give him a chance to make something out of his life," she said.

Bubba was a senior at Butler with plans to join the army when he graduated in May.

"That was his goal and it was taken away from him," explained his grandmom.

Taken away allegedly by a 15-year-old who is now behind bars for murder.

Sanders-Chenault says she just can't understand it, "I'm trying to figure it out. What made this child do this? What made these children do this?"

Investigators say Hoskins was stabbed once in the chest after an argument over a video game system, but his family doesn't understand that.

"If they didn't plan it why were they walking around here with a butcher knife," asked his grandmom.

A knife that killed her grandson and took a piece of her heart," I can't look out the street and say here come Bubba, here come my baby coming home," she said.

Something this family says should be a lesson for every family.

"Every morning your child leaves home hug them and kiss them because you never know when it's their time," said his uncle Earl Sanders.

Sanders-Chenault says they had been at the suspects home playing the video game. She says it was her grandson's game and his system and he brought it home before he left for the store.

Even though the family says there were three boys involved the 15 year old is the only person facing charges.


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