The family of a well-known south suburban small business owner is looking for answers after their loved one was fatally shot earlier this week.
Tavares Davis was shot and killed Tuesday near Drexel Avenue and 115th Street in Dolton, according to authorities. A well-known local entrepreneur, Davis, along with his wife, founded The Funnel Cake Man, a funnel cake business with stores inside Orland Square Mall in Orland Park and Southlake Mall in Merrillville.
Family, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday as they released balloons to remember Davis, a man who did all he could to serve his community.
Family members say more than one suspect or witness has been identified in the fatal shooting, and they are pleading for them to come forward.
“I need you to go to the Dolton Police Department and tell them what you know,” said Davis’ wife, Nakesha. “The truth needs to come out. We deserve this, I deserve that. My children deserve the truth. The community deserves to know the truth about what happened to my husband.”
The Davis family, along with community activists Andrew Holmes and Michael Airhart, are offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest. Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard increased the reward to $5,000.
“The individuals that were there that took their lives, you know who you are,” Holmes said. “Go do the right thing, give in because it may just be a matter of time.”
Anyone with information about Davis’ death is asked to call the Dolton Police Department at 708-841-2533.