Hundreds mourn Texas teen shot at Florida club
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) -- About 1,000 people mourned the loss of a recent Texas high school graduate who was fatally shot outside a Florida nightclub while vacationing with his family.
During Saturday's emotional funeral service in Killeen, 18-year-old Dino Cannon was described as being respectful, outgoing, spiritual, obedient and a good friend.
"Dino's spirit lives inside each and every one of us from now until forever," classmate Kevin Pyles told mourners at Greater Vision Community Church. "Dino is now in a better place watching over us to protect us and guide us on the path to righteousness. He is all of our guardian angel."
The Killeen Daily Herald reported that Cannon's former football teammates wore their jerseys at the service.
Cannon died at an Orlando hospital on June 15, less than two weeks after graduating from Killeen High School.
Authorities say Cannon was shot in the parking lot following an altercation with a man who had been escorted from the club and waited for Cannon to leave. Cannon reportedly was defending his sister when the suspect pulled a gun and fired. No one has been arrested.
"When this first happened, I had just vengeance in my heart, but vengeance belongs to the Lord," Cannon's uncle, Dwayne Dishmon, told mourners.
Sam Jones, Killeen High School's head football coach, said the team will remember Cannon this fall. His jersey will most likely be taken out of circulation if it is not worn on an honorary, rotating basis next season, Jones said.
Cannon had received a recruiting call from a college football coach days before his death and planned to attend a university in the fall, Jones said.
The Rev. David L. Norman, pastor of First Baptist Church, offered words of comfort.
"Though we don't understand the mind of God, this is just one of those times where we have to really trust in the sovereignty of God because the Lord knows best," Norman said. "So, God, we thank you for the powerful testimony of Dino Cannon. We know he is with you."
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