New Haven County
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 2006|
TaVon Duharte, age 17, of Bridgeport, died at Bridgeport Hospital, from a stab wound inflicted by a teammate. Born in New Haven, TaVon had been a Bridgeport resident for 15 years. He attended Bassick High School, where he was a member of the Varsity Basketball Team and Track Team. He was a former member of Black Rock Little League Baseball. Survivors include: his father, Roman Duharte of North Carolina; his mother, Jeanette Poole; two brothers, Terrel and Terren Poole; a sister, Tiffany Duharte; his paternal grandmother, Magda Duharte all of Bridgeport; maternal grandparents, James Poole of California; and Joyce Minter of Stratford; his maternal step-grandfather, Alan Minter of Stratford; his maternal great-grandmother, Elaine Davis; a special nephew; Jameer Geter, one uncle, Jason Liggins, all of Bridgeport; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at Turners Faith Temple, C.O.G.I.C., 360 Colorado Avenue, Bridgeport, Elder Deborah Vereen, Associate Minister, officiated.
Last Thursday night(June 15, 2006)was one of the proudest moments of TaVon Duharte's life. In front of a crowd that included former Major League baseball player Angel Echevarria, the 17-year old junior and basketball player at Bassick High School accepted the school's Sportsman of the Year Award at its annual athletic banquet.
A little more than 24 hours later, Duharte was dead, stabbed in the chest. Davon Harris, one of his teammates on the Bassick basketball team, was in police custody, charged with Duharte's killing. Now, family members, teammates, coaches, teachers and others who watched the boys grow up together on Bridgeport's West Side are struggling to cope with the fate of what they say were two outstanding young men. "I'm just sick over these two kids," said Bassick Athletic Director Peter Shanazu, who taught both boys in the same Spanish class. "They were both gentlemen. They were both great students. They weren't you know, buddy-buddy with their arms around each other. But as far as I could see, they were teammates. "Now, all I see are two empty seats in class and it's so solemn. It's sad." The tragedy also has left a team, known for its teachings of family and community as much as basketball, asking how this could happen. "The guys are taking it pretty bad right now. We lost two sons this week. Two really good kids," said Bassick assistant coach Bernie Lofton, a security guard at the school who also coached the boys during his summer basketball leagues.
"They played well on the court together, they knew how to use each other's talents and that's why this is a shock in our eyes. You couldn't ask for two better people to be on your basketball team." Something happened between the two leading up to the violence last Friday night. TaVon was pronounced dead at 1:07 AM.
Created by: Serenity
Record added: Jun 22, 2006
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