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Family of north St. Louis grandmother killed while shielding grandchildren speaks

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Juliette Cleveland-Davis died while protecting her 3 grandchildren from gunfire in 2014 (Credit: Family of Cleveland-Davis) Juliette Cleveland-Davis died while protecting her 3 grandchildren from gunfire in 2014 (Credit: Family of Cleveland-Davis)
Tommy Dora Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting Juliette Cleveland-Davis in 2014 (Credit: St. Louis Police Department) Tommy Dora Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting Juliette Cleveland-Davis in 2014 (Credit: St. Louis Police Department)

NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The family of Juliette Cleveland-Davis, who died while shielding her three grandchildren from bullets, spoke shortly after her killer was found guilty. 

"Everybody loses in this situation. Whether he was free or convicted, it wasn't going to bring her back," says Kellie Joseph, daughter of Cleveland-Davis.  

Prosecutors say the combination of a witness stepping forward, along with surveillance video helped achieve justice in the gun-violence case. It took an hour for the jury to find Cleveland-Davis’ killer guilty. 

"She died protecting, giving her life for her grand kids. She did only what a grandmother would do in that situation," says Joseph. 

Joseph with her brother by her side, told News 4 about the last time she talked to her mom. 

"We talked and joked about some neighborhood stuff and then 20 minutes later my phone was ringing off the hook telling me she had got shot walking with my kids," said Joseph. 

Cleveland-Davis was shot in the chest in 2014 after two men had opened fire on someone else near an apartment complex in north Saint Louis. Her three grandchildren weren't hurt, but the pain of losing their grandmother is still fresh. 

"You will catch them crying. I say, ‘What is wrong?’ ‘I [grandchild] just want my granny.’ Because in certain instances, anything that we do my mom would have been there with us," says Joseph.  

Tommy Dora Jr. is headed to prison for her death. Authorities say he will be sentenced in May. 

"This senseless gun violence, you lose your life. You commit these crimes and you're caught and you go to trial. You are losing your life just like the victim did," said Christine Krug, Assistant Circuit Attorney.

The family says in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy, they were thinking of one person got them through. 

"Our mother was caring and a lot of the things that kept us going during the trial was thinking of her and how she would want us to reflect on who she was and how she want us to act while we were there," says Timothy Dallas, son of Cleveland-Davis.

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