Service held for Virginia Beach boy 11 years after his death

NEWPORT NEWS Va. - More than a decade after Quincy Davis died, he was finally laid to rest with a funeral service in his remembrance.

On Thursday, Hampton Victim Services arranged for Davis to be laid to rest at a Newport News funeral home, after his body was found in the trunk of his mother's car in 2015.

A mix of emotions welled up among family members who watched, as those who new Davis stood alongside total strangers to honor his short life.

Several speakers talked about the boy with the infectious smile and fun personality.

"He was a prankster even as a little child. I think he would be in tears, but tears of joy just to know that someone and so many people cared about him," said Davis' uncle, Rodney Martin.

According to police, Tonya Slaton, Jones’ biological mother, was pulled over for an expired registration while driving to Virginia Beach from Richmond. After a search of her car, Davis’ body was discovered under the spare tire.

Slaton was arrested, and nearly three years after the discovery of her son’s body, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Davis’ body had been with the medical examiner since its discovery, and it is still unclear how he died. It was determined that he was between 14 and 15 years old when he died.

After the outpouring of support, family members are now hoping that Davis' memory can live on and be used as a reminder to always look out for children.

"We tend to mind our business and go on about our business and get involved in ourselves," Martin said. "If you suspect or see anything - any kind of wrongdoing, especially to children - just speak up."

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