Family remembers shooting victim; suspect arrested

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

July 31, 2011 at 2:31 a.m.

Daniel Davila, 24, was shot and killed at his Victoria home on Saturday morning. He is seen here with his fiance, Myra Degollado.

Daniel Davila, 24, was shot and killed at his Victoria home on Saturday morning. He is seen here with his fiance, Myra Degollado.

At 24 years old, Daniel Davila seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

He was engaged to be married, the father of two young girls, and a Victoria homeowner who enjoyed his job at Safelite AutoGlass.

But Davila's future was stolen from him about 3 a.m. Saturday, when he was shot and killed near his home on Ash Street. His body was found by Victoria police in the 900 block of Goldman Street, about two blocks from his home.

"It's the hardest thing we've ever had to deal with," Davila's aunt Pat Villarreal, said. "He was involved with so many of our lives."

A press statement released Sunday night by Victoria police stated law officials arrested 20-year-old Marcellus Brown at 5:20 p.m. in Davila's death. He was being held at the Victoria County jail. His bail is set at $100,000. Police did not say whether additional arrests would be made, but Assistant City Manager Bruce Ure said the investigation was ongoing.

Villarreal, a resident of Houston, said she's always shared a devoted relationship with her nephew.

"He was at my house a couple of weeks ago, and I read him a letter he wrote me when he was 5," she said. "We were very close."

Davila graduated from Memorial High School and enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing and working on race and sports cars.

"He liked buying them and working on them, ever since he was a child," Villarreal said.

But Davila's aunt said Davila will always be remembered for being a devoted family man, and a man looking forward to his impending nuptials.

"They were planning the wedding. He had already picked out his groomsmen," she said.

The greatest joys of Davila's life were his daughters, 6-year-old Tatum and 1-year-old Rhylie, his aunt said.

"He loved his children, and they adored him," Villarreal said. "He did very well, and he provided for his family."

Funeral services are pending with Rosewood Funeral Home, Villarreal said. Condolences are welcome at parent's Liza and Lou Davila's home, located at 801 Oak St. He is also survived by a brother, Steven Davila, and his fiance, Myra Degollado.

Villarreal said her nephew will be greatly missed for his sense of humor and the love he brought to his family.

"He was a great person. ... We're going to miss him dearly," she said.



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