Shaquille Hargrove's grandmother speaks about airman killed in Denver early Saturday morning

9:38 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The airman killed early Saturday morning in Denver was identified as Airman 1st Class Shaquille Hargrove, 19, of Wilson, North Carolina.

The Denver Police Department and Buckley Air Force Base officials are investigating the shooting, which happened at 2:15 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 15th and Market streets.

9NEWS spoke with Hargrove's Grandmother, Golynda Hargrove-Powell, about his life Monday.

"I just want people to know what kind of child he was, he was just a good, humble child," Hargrove-Powell said. "I know he would always say, yes ma'am, no ma'am, yes sir, no sir. He had manners and he was just loved by everybody."

Hargrove-Powell said Hargrove joined the Air Force after high school in Wilson, North Carolina. He completed basic Training in San Antonio and was then stationed in California. Hargrove was transferred to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, about one year ago.

"He was a kind and loving, he was obedient, he was just such a good child," Hargrove-Powell said. "He was good in school, in basketball, he just excelled at everything he did."

Hargrove was working as a 2nd Space Warning Squadron satellite systems operator. He was shot during a disturbance involving a large group of people.

"The only information they gave his mother and I is that he was at a club, and a fight broke out," Hargrove-Powell said. "I heard he wasn't involved in the fight, I think he was trying to leave, and he got shot."

Hargrove's body will be escorted home by his cousin, who is also an airman. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Wilson, North Carolina. Hargrove's Grandmother told 9NEWS a memorial was being planned in Denver as well.

"He made up his mind that he wanted to be an airman. He just wanted to serve his country. He was so proud of serving his country," Hargrove-Powell said.

Another airman was also injured in the incident. He has since been released from the hospital.

The 460th SW commander of the Buckley Air Force Base has placed the area where the shooting happened off limits to 460th Space Wing members until the investigation is complete. 

Anyone with information about the incident, including photos or video footage, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867).

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