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|Dinerral Jevone Shavers|
Shavers while in Europe with the Hot 8 Brass Band
|Also known as||Dick Shavers|
March 19, 1981|
Charity Hospital, New Orleans
December 28, 2006|
Tremé, New Orleans, Louisiana
|Associated acts||Hot 8 Brass Band|
Shavers was a founding member of the Hot 8 Brass Band. He also taught music at L.E. Rabouin Career Magnet High school and created music programs for disadvantaged local youths. He appeared in the 2006 Spike Lee documentary film When the Levees Broke discussing the devastation of his family home in the Lower 9th Ward following Hurricane Katrina.
Shavers was fatally shot at around 5:30 pm on 28 December 2006. He had been driving his family in a black Chevrolet Malibu in the 2200 block of Dumaine Street. Although critically wounded, he continued driving four blocks up Dumaine before stopping. By 6 pm, Shavers lay motionless on his back in the middle of the street just outside the open driver's side door. Although he was taken to a hospital he died within an hour.
It was later revealed in the Times-Picayune that Shavers was not the intended target. New Orleans Police said the teenager who shot him actually meant to kill Shavers' 15-year-old stepson in a dispute stemming from a neighborhood feud. His murder, along with a spate of other violent crimes in New Orleans within the same week (including the murder of author Helen Hill), sparked a massive protest march on New Orleans City Hall on January 11, 2007.
Shavers' murder by a teenager was discussed in Spike Lee's 2010 sequel documentary film If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.
The HBO series Treme alluded to Shavers' murder in episodes four and five of the second season.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to New Orleans March Against Violence, 11 January 2007.|
- Louisiana Weekly article on Shaver's death
- Times-Picayune article on the arrest of his murderer
- ABC26 (WGNO) follow up report on the release of alleged suspect
- Times-Picayune article on Shaver's family seven months after his murder
- Hot 8 Documentary
- Drummer Boy: A Glimpse Into The Life of Dinerral Shavers