At 20 years old, Davion Crometie knew death.
He ended his Facebook posts with “R.I.P.” and the names of people he’d lost to central Palm Beach County’s shootings.
On Thursday morning, a passerby found “Dav” dead in a residential neighborhood in Lake Park along the 400 block of Cypress Drive, just north of Silver Beach Road. He was facedown, Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities said. They didn’t realize the Riviera Beach native had been shot to death until someone from the county Medical Examiner’s office turned over his body.
Like most of his friends’ murders, no one has been arrested for fatally shooting Crometie. The sheriff’s office said its investigation into Crometie’s death is “very active and ongoing.”
This summer — barely two months before he died — Crometie posted on Facebook mourning the loss of his friend, Timothy James “Teejay” Frederick. They’d been close for years and knew each other from the neighborhood, Frederick’s mother said. Frederick had been dating Crometie’s cousin Deonxiya Martin for nearly two years. Martin and Crometie were like siblings, family said.
And on Sunday, his childhood friend Raequan Haywood was shot to death on the north end of West Palm Beach. Crometie was supposed to be a pallbearer in Haywood’s funeral next weekend, Haywood’s mother said.
Authorities would not comment on any potential connection between the homicides. However, court records indicate authorities with the sheriff’s Gang Unit were working with Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach police late Thursday to patrol the area near where Crometie was found dead that morning. They arrested at least one person on drug-possession charges during the patrol.
Crometie had been living out of state and working a construction gig with a relative. He came back to Florida for Richards’ funeral in August, said a relative of Crometie who declined to give her name.
“He was on the right track,” the relative said. Family members described Crometie as a charming jokester who could talk his way in and out of most situations.
After the funeral, Crometie stayed around town, bouncing between the homes of his sister and grandmother.
Then on Thursday, for reasons still unknown, he turned up dead in a Lake Park neighborhood.
“I don’t know what’s going on with these kids,” said Crometie’s relative.
Anyone with information about Crometie’s killing is urged to contact PBSO Detective Joseph Greco at 561-688-4054 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).