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Shaniya's Brother Speaks Out

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He is still in shock over his sister's murder.

Shaniya Davis

Shaniya Davis's half-brother, Byron Coleman, 21, talked exclusively to about his sister's murder. Here is a portion of their riveting interview:

ESSENCE.COM: Can you tell me about your little sister, Shaniya?
BYRON COLEMAN: She was a very sweet little girl but very, very, shy. She wouldn't go to just anybody, you would really have to know her. And, she would have to get warmed up to you, especially males. She was a daddy's girl.

ESSENCE.COM: How close were you to her?
COLEMAN: Me and Shaniya were really close. I would see her every time I came home (from college). The last time I saw her is when we went to Chuck E. Cheese. It was fun, and she enjoyed it. We went there and McDonald's and then I went to the store to get her some flip-flops. She saw how they lit up when you walked, so she was like, "I want these," and a Barbie doll.

ESSENCE.COM: What else did she like to do?
COLEMAN: Makeup, every girl's dream. She loved "Hannah Montana," I know that. She (also) loved R&B because she was always singing.

ESSENCE.COM: When did you find out what happened to your sister?
COLEMAN: I found out the same day that it occurred. I was in Charlotte. I received a phone call from my dad and saw it all over the news. My father said that my little sister was missing, but don't worry too much because she will be coming home pretty soon.

ESSENCE.COM: What did you think once your father told you?
COLEMAN: I didn't think something like that could happen. I mean, you see it on the news all the time but you would never think that could happen to you or somebody close to you.

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