Shaniya Davis’ Father Honors Her Memory On The 1 Year Anniversary Of Her Death

- By Bossip Staff

Just a year after a sick child rapist claimed the life of his daughter, Shaniya Davis, Bradley Lockhart is honoring her memory and asking that the public works harder to prevent similar tragedies from happening to other children.

More than 100 relatives, friends and neighbors gathered for a memorial service Tuesday night at the Freedom International Ministries hall off Murchison Road, where they remembered Shaniya through prayer, song and poetry.

“We still have a lot of pain and hurt here as a community. I hurt every day,” said Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart. “It’s up to God and the justice system to actually determine justice for Shaniya. … Forgiveness and peace is already within me; however, anger still sits.”

Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Davis, reported the girl missing on Nov. 10, 2009. Two days later, surveillance video from a camera at a Sanford motel showed a man in front of an elevator there holding Shaniya in his arms.

On Nov. 16, 2009, Shaniya’s body was found in the woods off N.C. 87 near Carolina Trace. She had been raped and strangled.

Mario Andrette McNeill, the man in the video, was charged with kidnapping and murder, and Davis was charged with human trafficking and prostituting her child. Both are awaiting trial.

Lockhart said the case – and the case of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old cancer survivor whose remains were recently discovered in Caldwell County – highlights the need for the community to come together to find ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.

“There’s so many things we could be doing, and just as Shaniya’s case has rang loud with failures in our system in our community, that goes the same for Zahra Baker,” Lockhart said. “We have to quit looking at just the victim dying. We need to come full circle. We need to figure out ways we can prevent the victim from dying and then if this is a tragedy that does happen, how are we going to change it?”

Something must be done to prevent violence against children. We see these stories far too often. How are we going to change it?

We think it starts by keeping unfit parents (like Shaniya’s mother, who sold her into prostitution) from having unsupervised visits.

R.I.P. Shaniya…


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  • Jasmine

    R.I.P….little Angel.

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  • Matix B

    I’ll never forget this child. A year already? Wow! Hope your first year with God was peaceful.

    • 1TruDiva w/the PlatinumVocals!!

      This is MY baby!!! I don’t know why out of the thousands of missing and murdered children–her story touched me the most. I cannot describe the situation when I went to help search for this poor baby. The day she was found, I saw GROWN men fall to their knees in tears.

      I’ll never forget this baby. She’s mine! (In my mind).

  • Chyna

    Awwww I remember this just like it happened on yesterday.May your soul Rest In Peace little angel my heart hurt for you baby girl R.I.P

  • red

    Her mother deserves to be put under the jail. And the killer deserves to have every convict let loose on him. Rapist and those who hurt women/kids are reeeally disliked in prison..he gotta double whammy. I’m from the area where shaniya is from and it is so sad to see these kids wandering around neighborhoods with no supervision at that age. This is lesson too…that the mommas ain’t always the better parent. Some of these dads are stepping up and can do better, but the courts are still predjudiced. Bless her little soul..

    • Mr Fantastic

      9 out of ten she told him that she you dont have to put on a comdom.



  • Greeneyedbandit

    R.I.P God’s lil angel.

  • bbbbb

    I’m expecting my 1st child next year, and things like this make me even more scared to bring a kid into a world where unnecessary, 100% preventable acts of crime like this can and do happen

  • Nikkie

    I remember the picture of the killer carrying that baby to the hotel, its horrifying…she was alive and somehow you thought you could have reach her in time. My goodness it was so freaking saddd, may that little princess rest in peace.

  • ThickLikeCornbread

    My GOD, I cant even imagine the pain & torture Shaniya went thru in her last hours of death

    I am ready for them to start on the trial on McNeill & Davis

    I think poor.n has alot to do with the increase in child sexual abuse

    How could/can a GROWN AS.S MAN look at a 5 or 6 yr old in a sexual way?!!!!!

  • RED

    R.I.P. shaniya ❤

  • HaterAllDay

    God bless the family… R.I.P. little one

  • victoria

    this story made me MAD to a very bad point and still does…. thisstory will forever sit within me. i love shaniya like if i knew her, precious children are born with looser parents. May Her Soul Rest in Peace. hopefully the incident is not remembered up there in heaven.

  • We"Blacks"AreTheREALHebrewIsraelites

    R.I.P. Shaniya. You are one of the ones I keep in my heart, along with Sherrice Iverson and Samantha Runnion. Yah, keep them all.

    These monsters who prey on innocence have no idea what’s in store for them.



  • and the world turns...

    this was so tragic!!..RIP ANGEL!!

    does ne1 know what happened to the baby her mom was pregnant with when she was arrested?..


    Her story is my story too unfortunately i lived.

    i hope her mother rots in hell



  • Coeur

    Jail is too good for those idiots, I love you baby girl RIP.

  • Xoxo

    Look at him holding his baby girl, aww man.:( Rip lil angel

  • Bebee

    Damn I remember this story like it was yesterday 😦 there are soo many sick bastards in this world its unbelievable. I hope her mom and that stink dog get exactly what’s coming to them. May her little soul rest in peace & may GOD keep her dad strong.

  • lily(bk'sfinest)

    R.I.P. Shaniya. I loathe child molesters and killers. It’s very disturbing for the mother to be out on bail. I pray she and that low-life magget who killed that baby suffer before they leave this Earth…

  • Chocolate Yummy

    Reading this made me cry and its just so sad I wish I couldve saved that poor child because no child deserves to have to go through what she had to. RIP Shaniya

  • Allie

    Goodness gracious there are some really sick people out here, this is my first time hearing about this little girl, and it broke my heart to read what happened, RIP shaniya, don’t ever take life for granted

  • Charla

    I believe he said that they had a one-night stand and it resulted in the daughter.

    R.I.P. Angel

  • NurseT

    I haven’t forgot about this little girl since I first heard the story. I pray her deadbeat mother and the a-hole she allowed to do this to her baby rot in hell with a d*ck up the a$$. I feel so bad for her father.

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