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Friends of Conway murder victim considered him family

Chyna Gagum holds a picture of Roy Davis taken Father's Day (Source: George Umbenhauer) Chyna Gagum holds a picture of Roy Davis taken Father's Day (Source: George Umbenhauer)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Although Jennifer Myers and her family aren’t related to Roy Davis by blood, they said he was part of their family and they plan to seek justice for him.

“We will be there supporting Roy until the end,” Myers said. “We are his voice because he is no longer able to speak for himself, so we’re speaking for him.”

Davis lived with Myers’ daughter and her fiancé the past two years.

“They’re heartbroken,” Myers said. “My daughter literally hasn’t had more than 12 hours of sleep since this happened.”

Davis was found dead in a house in Conway after police said James Rosenbaum and Diane Durkin beat him with a baseball bat.

“It’s not fair to anyone that he had to die in a horrible way,” Myers said.

Davis spent holidays recently with Myers and her family.

“The Fourth of July, we were at my house having a cookout,” she said. “He told me the whole time, 'I’m really enjoying myself today. I ain’t never had nobody treat me the way that you all do.'”

Tim Pino, Chyna Gagum and Valerie Graham also expressed their love for Davis and described him as an easygoing, caring, happy person.

They also all said they don’t believe the allegation that officials close to the investigation said Rosenbaum made about walking in on Davis raping Durkin.

“For someone to say that he was attacking someone, that’s not true,” Myers said. “That’s not the Roy that we all knew. He would’ve never hurt anybody. If anything, he was afraid of people bigger than him. He would’ve ran from you.”

Myers said Davis and Durkin had been in a sexual relationship for a while.

She said Durkin picked Davis up and took him to her house the day he was killed.

"Why was she picking him up by herself if he was such a threat?” Gagum said.

“He wasn't a threat to anyone,” Myers said.

Myers' brother, Alex Pino, was found stabbed to death in a home in Conway in 1986. His murder remains unsolved.

They said they're thankful two people are in custody for Davis' murder and they plan to be at all of the court proceedings.

Jackson and McGill Funeral Home lists Davis’ funeral arrangements as scheduled for Monday, July 18, at 2 p.m., at Good Hope AME Church in Centenary, S.C.

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