Desia Dunn was in a store in Fresno, Calif., on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, buying supplies for his second year of university.
He had finished his second day of training camp in his second season with the Fresno State Bulldogs football team. He had walked on at Fresno State a year earlier as a running back, and while he didn’t make the team at tailback, he excelled on special teams and got moved to cornerback late in his freshman year.
Life was good.
Then his phone rang.
His older half-brother, 19-year-old Roderick Dunn Jr., had been shot and killed back home in Stockton. The violent city had claimed another victim, but this one hit Dunn right in the heart.
“We were really close,” said Dunn, who tattooed an image of Roderick on the inside of his left forearm. “We were a year apart (in age). We did a lot together. He wasn’t too much into sports, but in high school my last few years we got a chance to play together.”