Funeral Director Shoots Pallbearer for 10-Year-Old Drive-By Shooting Victim

Maryland funeral home owner Wilson Chavis, 48, of Hughesville, Maryland, is in jail after allegedly shooting and killing a competitor’s pallbearer during the burial of a 10-year-old girl who died in a drive-by shooting in Washington, DC, on Mother’s Day.

Arianna Davis, 10, who was shot while sleeping in her family’s car on May 14 and later died, was buried at Washington National Cemetery in Suitland on Tuesday when the shooting occurred, NBC Washington reported.

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Chavis, the owner of the Compassion and Serenity Funeral Home, allegedly killed Ronald Banks, 30, who served as a pallbearer at the funeral, due to a longstanding feud with Freeman Funeral Services.

A woman who was Arianna’s cousin suffered a leg wound in the shooting, the girl’s mother, Antionette Belk, told the news outlet.

Suspect Wilson Chavis & Victim Ronald Banks

Chavis has been charged with first and second-degree murder and attempted murder, according to Prince George’s County police.

The shooting happened after the Chavis, who provided services for the funeral, confronted a pastor and another person who was reportedly affiliated with Freeman Funeral Services, Fox 5 DC reported.

Chavis began directing the pallbearers, including Banks, on carrying the casket to the grave site.

At the gravesite, Chavis looked at the pastor and yelled, “I’m here for all you b—–a– n——s!” according to court documents cited by WUSA 9.

The pastor reportedly didn’t respond and focused on the mourners, and that is when Chavis allegedly pushed him and said, “This ain’t your f—— funeral home.”

People attending the funeral then stepped in, asking why Chavis was disrespecting the family.

Court documents allege that Chavis got back up, then took a gun from his waistband and shot Banks. Officials say he fired a second shot as he stood, which grazed the woman.

Following the shooting, Chavis reportedly drove away in his car and was taken into custody during a traffic stop a short time later.

“I’m so traumatized that this happened at my daughter’s burial site. I didn’t even get to lay her down, even to put her in the ground, and another incident happened,” Belk told NBC Washington.

“This is so traumatizing to me, my children, my whole family. It’s trauma after trauma,” she said Wednesday.

Glenda Freeman, who heads Freeman Funeral Services, recently filed for a temporary peace order against Chavis for alleged threatening and harassing behavior, according to Fox 5 DC.

Among the employees she sought protection for were the pastor, Joseph Fletcher, and another person who works for her.

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The temporary order was dismissed early Tuesday, the day of the shooting, when the petitioner failed to appear for an 8:45 a.m. hearing.

Chavis has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting Ronald Banks, a pallbearer at the funeral of a 10-year-old girl, as well as attempted murder for wounding a woman attending the funeral.

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