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'There's not really any sense to it': Friends, family mourn 30-year-old man killed in Oak Lawn shooting

Justin Wayne Dixon had just celebrated his 30th birthday days earlier, friends said.

DALLAS — Updated Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

A 30-year-old man was fatally shot in the Dallas Oak Lawn neighborhood early Monday morning, police said.

The shooting happened shortly before 3 a.m. Monday at the Flamingo Apartments at 3901 N. Hall St., near Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue. 

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call and found Justin Wayne Dixon on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Dixon's surname was previously identified as "Thompson," but a GoFundMe for his memorial fund says he was "known by his friends and family as Justin Dixon."

Dixon's friends and family are urging the public to come forward with any information that may help police make an arrest.

Dixon just celebrated his 30th birthday days earlier.

“I talked to him about 12:30 that night and that was the last time that I talked to him,” Shea Ferrara said.  

Ferrara is Dixon's best friend and roommate. She said Dixon started his Sunday at church and ended the day out at the bars on Cedar Springs.

Police have made no arrests.

“There’s not really any sense to it because anyone who knew Justin really knew that he didn’t deserve this. But who does?” Ferrara said. “I think the hardest thing though, is not knowing what happened.”

Dixon is a son, a brother, a friend, a man of faith and so much more. Ferrara said he meant so much to so many.

“Justin was always the person that if you needed someone, he would be there for you,” she said. “Anyone you ask will tell you he was their biggest hype man. He had a kind word for anyone.

“The impact that Justin made on people’s lives is going to outshine whatever happened and whoever did this. God loves Justin and everyone here did, too.” 

Police are still investigating the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police detective Scott Sayers at 214-671-3647 or by email at scott.sayers@dallascityhall.com. The case number is 170550-2021.

Crime Stoppers offers up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in felony cases. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477) at any time.

Friends and family have also set up a fund to help with funeral expenses. If you are interested in donating, you can find more information here.