Days after police found his body in his car parked in a field in Covington, Jyrion Dangerfield’s family continues to search for answers to his death.
“He was just a big kid. No one who came into contact with my son would ever have anything negative to say about him,” his mother, Christian Dangerfield, said Wednesday night.
Dangerfield, 20, from Hammond, was preparing for his third year of online classes at Southern University, where he was studying software engineering, his family said.
Covington police did not release many details about the case, but the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office ruled Dangerfield’s death a homicide. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, the coroner’s office said Thursday.
Dangerfield’s body was found Monday inside his vehicle, a black Chevrolet Malibu, which was parked at a sports field in Covington, miles from his home in Hammond.
Last seen on Sunday
Dangerfield’s mother said the last time she saw her son was on Sunday when he left home for a paid gig moving furniture in Hammond. He was supposed to arrive for work at 11 a.m., but never did, she said.
A 2020 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, where he played on the football team, Jyrion had many friends and a large family. On Sunday, the day of his disappearance, he intended to take some of his younger cousins bowling to get them out of the house.
Throughout the day, his mother called his phone and became more worried because he was not answering. He had never had trouble reaching her, she said. The next day she heard from a friend, who had also been unable to find Jyrion. It wasn’t until she was contacted by the St. Tammany Coroner’s Office that her fears came true.
“Everyone who knew him knew he was so outgoing and helpful,” his mother said. “He helped everyone. If his friends needed something, if they said they were hungry, he would come to their house with food,” his mother said.
Escape from grief
Many others took to social media to express an outpouring of grief and frustration over his murder, including several friends and former classmates who shared videos of their memories.
“Everyday I looked forward to you doing something crazy at school. When I felt down, you knew how to pick me up,” Jyra Richard said.
Lauren Bittola said: “If you were lucky enough to have known Jyrion you would know, he of all people didn’t deserve this.”
“My heart literally hurts, Jyrion Dangerfield didn’t deserve this. Thank you for everything you did for me in high school. You’re one of the only people who made it bearable,” Angelina Mesa said.