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‘Hard-working, loving young man;’ Family remembers Devin Bornes, shot and killed by man originally claiming self-defense

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 10:27 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Around 4 a.m. on March 27, Shenita McBride will never forget the frantic call she got from her brother’s partner.

“When you are telling me my brother got shot, I woke up because now I’m really awake because you’re telling me my brother got shot,” McBride says.

A flurry of calls later, and family and friends were around her brother’s hospital bed.

Kenner police said Devin Bornes was critically wounded after a fight outside a Kenner business ended in gunfire, but the alleged shooter, Darrin Smith, 32, told them it was self-defense.

More: Man who originally claimed self-defense arrested on murder charge after cell phone video surfaces

“I highly doubt it. Devin is military trained. And Devin wouldn’t just pull a gun to just flash it. You know if I feel like if he’s threatened, he’s gonna use it,” said McBride.

More than a week would pass as both police and McBride’s family waited for someone to come forward. After all, McBride says the shooting happened the night of her brother’s launch party for his new business.

“Everyone that was around him... if you really love him... he will speak up. And I feel like Devin needs justice,” said McBride.

They made the decision to take Bornes off life support. Around the same time, a witness anonymously released this video to Fox 8.

The cell phone footage shows a group of people that night. Smith, in a black jacket, is holding what appears to be a gun, as he moves around several people who try to stop him.

Devin, in a black and gold jacket, tries to retreat, before the fatal shot is fired, and he falls to the ground.

“I just want people to know that Devin wasn’t a troublemaker. He wasn’t a killer. He wasn’t in the streets like that. He wasn’t a gangster. He wasn’t any of that. He was a hardworking, loving young man who was a great dad,” said McBride.

Police later booked Smith with second-degree murder.

“He always was different. He’s the one that plays a sport. He’s the one that was like making good grades. He just likes to have fun. He just likes to party. He was very lively,” said McBride.

It’s his nieces, his nephews, and a young son at home, McBride says, who will miss him the most.

“That was his whole world. Like nothing else. Like nothing else mattered,” said McBride.

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