Gone too soon: Indianola’s latest victim of gun violence leaves behind two kids, legacy of loveBy BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,
Senseless gun violence has claimed the future of yet another Indianola man in the prime of his life.
And as with any such act, it has left an irreplaceable void in a family and the community.
On December 13, 28-year-old Travis Shaw became the latest victim in a string of tragic young deaths one month before his 29th birthday.
The loss of Travis was a difficult blow to the community, causing even Police Chief Edrick Hall to take to social media calling for an end to the pointless bloodshed.
“I’m tired of it,” Hall said on a video he posted on Facebook on the morning of the shooting.
Judging by the comments from Facebook and the community at large, Travis was admired and well loved. His mother, Gloria Johnson said he was all about love.
Johnson opened up to The E-T this past weekend, after burying her son, who left behind two small children.
She said her son loved people, and he would try to help anybody that he could.
Travis reportedly got along with everybody and was a friend to many, as evidenced by the outpouring of love shown during a recent vigil that was held in memorial to him at the site where he was found.
“My baby would give you the clothes off of his back, that’s just how he loved people,” Johnson said.
She and other members of his family maintain that Travis lived out each day by his favorite and often-used expression, “It's all about love, Cuz.”
Travis’ death not only left a mother grieving the loss of her only son, but it also left two small children without a father.
Nine-year-old Jordyn and 2-month-old Talle will have to grow up with the burden of that loss.
His son, Jordyn, said he and his dad were Lakers fans and they enjoyed watching sports together.
“My dad was loving, caring. He was a good provider, a good person, a respectful person and a person that always made everything count,” Jordyn said.
He added that of all of the things he and his dad did together riding on the four-wheeler that his dad bought him was his favorite.
“I’ll never forget that memory,” he said.
Travis, a 2010 Gentry High School graduate, loved sports.
Growing up, his mom said he played t-ball, baseball and basketball, which was apparently his favorite. In addition, Travis was also a Boy Scout in his younger years.
In addition to being a lover of people, sports, travel and dogs, his mother added most importantly, “He loved the Lord and he loved his family.”
As a youngster he was a member of the youth choir at the Saint James Baptist Church.
Reflecting on the young man she raised, Johnson expressed her deepest adoration for her only child.
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him. We had a special bond,” she said.
She also praised her son for being very respectful to others.
She said, “The only thing he was going to tell you was ‘yes sir, no sir—yes ma’am, no ma’am, that was to everybody. Anybody that know of my son that’s what they would tell you.”
She also recalled that he was very neat and loved having everything in order.
Although Travis had tried his hand at other occupations, including construction work with his father, Ronald Shaw, it seemed that auto detailing is what captured his heart.
Gloria said her current husband Iradell Johnson suggested detailing to Travis, and he had taken it on as a vocation. He worked for a couple of local companies detailing their fleet of automobiles and most recently working as a detailer for a local transport company.
However, she said Travis had aspirations of owning his own business one day, a future ambition that will never come to fruition all on account of gun violence.