Tevin L. Sapp turned 23 in August. His birthday came about two months after the birth of his son, Tevin Jr.
"My first child [SIC] my world my best friend," Sapp posted on Instagram with a picture of him holding his newborn son. "Words can't explain how I feel I'm happy to be a father Ima be the best I can be."
His life, according to his aunt, had turned around.
But on Monday afternoon, the young Buffalo man was fatally shot near the corner of Thatcher and Kensington avenues. Sapp became the city's 37th homicide of the year. Buffalo police have released few details about what happened.
Sapp had been "in the streets" years ago, said his aunt, Anita Hunt-Thompson.
He was one of two people shot in a drive-by shooting in May 2013 near Bailey and Schreck avenues. He also was incarcerated, but when he was released from prison in 2015, he changed his life, Hunt-Thompson said.
"He was done with the streets," she said.
Sapp, who grew up in Buffalo, recently became a manager at Walmart on Sheridan Drive in Amherst, where he had worked a little more than a year, his aunt said.
Her nephew seemed to always be at work. "He loved his job," Hunt-Thompson said.
Last week, he visited his grandmother in the hospital. She had just had a stroke. He posted a picture of the two on his Instagram account. His family was extremely proud of him, Hunt-Thompson said.
"He had that million-dollar smile that everyone loved," she said.
In addition to his son, Sapp is survived by his father, Roger; a brother, Roger Jr., and four sisters. He was predeceased by his mother, Rosetta Y. Hunt. She died in December 2009 at 37.
Sapp's aunt said funeral arrangements for her nephew have not yet been completed.
"All we want is justice," she said. "No more violence, just justice."
Buffalo police ask anyone who may have information about Monday's fatal shooting to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.