"I just don't want to be successful I want to change the world"
- Donovon Lynch (2020)
Donovon’s Law is named in honor of the beloved 25 year old African-American college graduate, entrepreneur, and former high school football and basketball all-star, Donovon Lynch, who was killed by a Virginia Beach Police Officer on March 26, 2021 at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Donovon was a 2014 graduate of Norfolk Christian School and a 2019 graduate of the University of Virginia College at Wise. There are many questions that remain unanswered regarding the circumstances of Donovon’s tragic killing.
Our community believes that the passage of Donovon’s Law will ensure that no other family in Virginia will have to endure the same heart wrenching agony that the Lynch family has experienced in their effort to try to find out the truth about what happened to their son, their brother, their nephew, and their dear friend.
It is abundantly clear that Donovon’s Law needs to become a reality when you also consider the fact that he is yet another African American citizen who was killed by a police officer whose body camera was not activated. It was even more agonizing for all those who loved Donovon when they learned that even the Virginia Beach Police Chief himself could not explain why the Police Officer who killed Donovon did not have his body camera activated. We strongly believe that Donovon’s family and the public deserve to know the truth about what happened to this young man, who by all accounts, was an inspiring leader in our community who uplifted young people in Virginia Beach and beyond. Donovon’s Law will achieve that transparency.