Wilson Chavis Wiki – Wilson Chavis Biography
Wilson Chavis, 48, a Maryland funeral home owner who was disgruntled with another company allegedly shot dead a pallbearer during the burial of a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC.
Arianna Davis, who was shot while sleeping in her family’s car on May 14 and ultimately died, was being buried on Tuesday at Washington National Cemetery in Suitland when the shooting erupted, according to NBC Washington. Wilson Chavis, 48, the proprietor of the Compassion and Serenity Funeral Home, is accused of murdering Ronald Banks, 30, who served as a pallbearer at the funeral, as a result of a long-standing commercial disagreement with Freeman Funeral Services. A woman who was Arianna’s cousin suffered a leg wound in the shooting, the girl’s mother, Antionette Belk, told the news outlet.
Chavis, of Hughesville, Maryland, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder and attempted murder, according to Prince George’s County police. According to Fox 5 DC, the tragic violence erupted after the suspect, who supplied funeral services, accosted a pastor and another individual who were supposedly linked with Freeman Funeral Services. According to court documents obtained by WUSA 9, Chavis approached the pastor at the gravesite and said, “I am here for all you b—-a- n——!” According to the publication, he then allegedly shoved the priest and yelled, “This am not your f—— a funeral home.”
Wilson Chavis is 48 years old.
Owner of the funeral house in Maryland accused of murder during the burial of kid Arianna Davis
When several mourners confronted him about “disrespecting the family,” Chavis backed up, tripped over a nearby concrete vault lid, and fell, the documents state. He then got back up, pulled a gun from his waistband, and opened fire, officials said. The accused gunman was arrested at a traffic stop a short time later. “I’m so traumatized that this happened at my daughter’s burial site. I didn’t even get to lay her down, even to put her in the ground, and another incident happened,” Belk told NBC Washington.
“This is so traumatizing to me, my children, my whole family. It’s trauma after trauma,” she said Wednesday. The grieving mother said Chavis even yelled, “I own this body!” and spat at the pastor before opening fire. According to Fox 5 DC, Glenda Freeman, the owner of Freeman Funeral Services, recently filed for a temporary peace order against Chavis for alleged threatening and harassing behavior. Among those she requested protection for were the pastor, Joseph Fletcher, and another employee. The temporary restraining order was revoked early Tuesday, the day of the shooting, when the petitioner failed to appear for an 8:45 a.m. hearing, according to the outlet. Freeman and Compassion and Serenity Funeral Home did not answer right away. The Washington Post has requested a response from the Washington National Cemetery.