The son of former Fillmore Council Member Karen R. Ellington was the victim of a homicide last week in Memphis, Tenn., where he lived with his wife and two sons, according to reports.
The body of DeShawn R. Ellington Sr., 23, was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in Weaver Park on Feb. 15, according to media reports. He had been missing since Feb. 13.
Memphis police learned Ellington was to meet with another man on the last night he was seen alive by family members. That man was questioned and is not believed to be a suspect. Police were continuing to follow leads.
Memphis, a city of about 650,000, has one of the nation's highest violent crime rates. Last year, there were 153 homicides.
Ellington, a Buffalo native, graduated from Burgard Vocational High School, where he made the merit roll and was named most valuable player in varsity football and outstanding player in varsity basketball.
After graduating in 2000, he went to work for Mayor Anthony M. Masiello's Summer Youth Program and Delta Sonic before moving to Memphis, where he worked for Federal Express and Swift Transportation as a forklift operator.
While in Buffalo, he was in the ROTC program at Burgard and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as an usher.
As a youngster, Ellington was named outstanding player of the Fruit Belt Rockets Little League football team and was a junior bowler and a Boy Scout.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, the former Tia Marie Harris of Memphis; two sons, DeShawn R. Jr. and DeJuan R., both of Memphis; his father, Danny F.; two sisters, Markita M. Taylor and Diona D. Ellington-Cook; maternal grandparents, Marian Davis and Willie and Wilma Davis and paternal grandparents, Robert and Loretta Ellington, all of Buffalo.
His funeral was held Wednesday in Calvary Baptist Church. Burial was in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.