Father of 5 killed in Birmingham Captain D’s shooting to be remembered at Thanksgiving Day vigil

Friends and family with gather Thanksgiving Day to remember a Birmingham father of five who died in a shooting at Captain D’s Seafood.

Richard Deshuan Vaughn Jr., 39, was shot to death Sunday night at the Huffman restaurant. Police said officers responded at 10:33 p.m. to 9973 Parkway East and arrived to find Vaughn on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was taken to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:16 a.m. Monday. Donovin Allen, 31, is charged with murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $165,000.

The incident, said Sgt. Rod Mauldin, stemmed from an argument that escalated between two female employees. Others got called to the location and a fight ensued outside which led to shots being fired. Vaughn was not an employee of Captain D’s but went there to check on a family member after the fight erupted.

Vaughn, a husband and father, owned his own lawn service. Those who knew him best described him as a family man.

A vigil for Vaughn will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at 400 Graymont Avenue West. A flier announcing the event reads, “We will be gathering to share some of our favorite memories, our stories, to laugh, to cry and remember a wonderful person who is going to be greatly missed.”

Attendees are asked to bring red balloons and wear their Alabama football fan clothing.

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