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Residents urged to blare radios in honor of slain teen Jordan Davis

11:43 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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Jordan Davis was shot in a dispute over loud music on November 23, 2012. Davis was in a parked car with friends in the parking lot of a Gate gas station.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "Maybe a citation, but don't get shot over a dang radio too loud," said Tommy Townsend.

An altercation over loud music, which is what police say led to the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Southside Gate gas station.

"It's pretty crazy right in your own neighborhood," Townsend said.

Townsend said his wife works next door at the Village Bread Cafe.

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"Her car was there and when she got back she couldn't get out because she had to wait until homicide come and moved tape or whatever," he said.

Townsend is among many who say they will turn up their radios up Friday at 5 p.m. for Davis, a trend spreading quickly on Twitter.

Tweets have been sent out, saying -- Definitely going to join in to "Turn Your Radio Up" tomorrow @ 5pm in respect for Jordan Davis! -- @SheLuvMyEgo:

and -- Everyone blast your music for Jordan Davis @ 5 pm tomorrow ! RT & pass this on ! -- @alexchanelbabyy

The Florida Senate's website currently lists a 2012 state statute regarding the operation of radios which states:

"It is unlawful for any person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical soundmaking device or instrument from within the motor vehicle so that the sound is:
(a) Plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle"

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"Over a radio too loud, that's pretty uncalled for. I got a radio system and I hope no one pulls a gun on me for having my radio up too loud," Townsend said.

A radio noise violation is a noncriminal traffic infraction, according to the statute and can result in a ticket for a non-moving violation.

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