Relatives of man killed at Orange County vigil


The family and friends of an Orange County man found fatally shot earlier this week gathered tonight to honor his life. The vigil was held at the Pine Hills intersection where 23-year-old Dean Mitchell was shot. “A lot of times these things happen and we get the misconception that he had to be like a thug or a gangster or something and that’s 1000% wrong,” Dean’s friend Christopher Johnson said. Mitchell. Those who knew and loved Mitchell best gathered Saturday night at the scene in Pine Hills where he was shot and killed earlier this week to show their respect for the man known for his charisma and infectious joy. “He loved fashion. He loved dance hall music. Oh my God, he was so loving. He was the kind of guy who always smiled at anything and everything,” Johnson said. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell was found shot dead near the intersection of Baywood Avenue and Willowwood Street just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards. So far, no information has been released about what led to the shooting or who a suspect might be. Mitchell’s friends say they hope by showing people who Mitchell was, they might get more answers about what happened. “I just felt like if we said Dean’s name on our vigil, if we kept contacting the information, contacting the police, staying in the know, then they would take the time and investigate,” Johnson said. Family and friends say they also hope that by holding a vigil, they will inspire the community to find solutions to the issue of gun violence. “We want to talk about gun violence and the totality of what’s going on here is unacceptable, so we want to hold a vigil and if at least one person can see this and say, ‘You know what, this is my community and this isn’t something I want to keep doing,’ so it served its purpose,” Johnson said.

The family and friends of an Orange County man found fatally shot earlier this week gathered tonight to honor his life.

The vigil was held at the Pine Hills intersection where 23-year-old Dean Mitchell was shot.

“A lot of times these things happen and we get the misconception that he had to be like a thug or a gangster or something and that’s 1000% wrong,” Dean’s friend Christopher Johnson said. Mitchell.

Those who knew and loved Mitchell best gathered Saturday night at the scene in Pine Hills where he was shot and killed earlier this week to show their respect for the man known for his charisma and infectious joy.

“He loved fashion. He loved dance hall music. Oh my God, he was so loving. He was the kind of guy who always smiled at anything and everything,” Johnson said.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell was found shot dead near the intersection of Baywood Avenue and Willowwood Street just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

He was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

So far, no information has been released about what led to the shooting or who a suspect might be.

Mitchell’s friends say they hope that by showing people who Mitchell was, they might get more answers about what happened.

“I just felt like if we said Dean’s name on our vigil, if we kept contacting the information, contacting the police, staying in the know, then they would take the time and investigate,” Johnson said.

Family and friends say they also hope that by holding a vigil, they will inspire the community to find solutions to the issue of gun violence.

“We want to talk about gun violence and the totality of what’s going on here is unacceptable, so we want to hold a vigil and if at least one person can see this and say, ‘You know what, this is my community and this isn’t something I want to keep doing,’ so it served its purpose,” Johnson said.

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