‘We’re going to celebrate him’: Family of man shot, killed in Davidson County remember him as kind, humble

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Instead of ringing in the New Year with a celebration a Winston-Salem family is planning a funeral after a deadly shooting in Davidson County Christmas night.

Melonie Martin told FOX8 her 24-year-old son Evan Honaker was shot and later died after an incident in the 2700 block of Friendship Ledford Road on Christmas night. 

“His life was taken way, way, way too soon,” she said. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time helping a friend.”  

Although Martin doesn’t know exactly what led up to the shooting, she’s seen the impact Honaker left in the community. 

His passion to help people was unmatched. Many people posting tributes on social media.

  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)
  • Evan Honaker (credit: Erin Honaker)

“He was very humble about his accomplishments and everything he did,” said Matthew Morgan, Honaker’s brother. 

Evan was a mechanic at Pitt Stop Performance in Mocksville and served as security for Burke Street Pub in Winston-Salem. 

“He wanted to be loved by everybody,” said Martin. “Making sure everybody was safe, but he had a good time there.” 

A makeshift memorial is set up outside of the pub. Co-workers and friends held a vigil to honor Honaker Saturday night. 

Martin hopes his life will inspire others.

“Everything you saw Evan do that you commended him for, pay it forward,” she said. “Be more like him. This world would be a much better place if we were all like Evan.” 

Martin says she got a phone call at 1 a.m. on Christmas from someone letting her know Evan had been killed.

“Our Christmases will never be the same, and we’re going to celebrate him. He deserved it,” Martin said.

Evan’s brother, Matthew Morgan, says he was a humble person.

“Think about what you’re actually fighting and feuding over and determine whether it’s worth it in the end if something like this would’ve turned out for your family over something so senseless,” Morgan said.

A second man was stabbed in the incident and is being treated at a local hospital, deputies say.

The case remains under investigation.

Martin is organizing funeral arrangements for Friday. A GoFundMe is set up to help cover the expenses.

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