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'I still feel robbed:' daughter mourns 86-year-old killed during car theft

Posted at 7:02 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 20:45:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A vase of purple flowers and a balloon sit on Pacific Avenue where 86-year-old Frank Davila was killed on Friday.

"Purple was his favorite color," his daughter, Trinity Davila, said.

The balloon also has a special meaning.

"A couple times I was going through some trying times, and he told me that I had to find the strength, so I thought the balloon was fitting as well," she added.

The crime tape is down, and the flashing lights are gone from the street, but Frankie D's daughter is still reminded of what was lost there.

"I still feel robbed of a great person, a great dad, a great grandfather, a great best friend," Trinity said through tears.

The person responsible for what happened is still on the loose. Hours after the attempted carjacking, police found Frank Davila's red Chevy truck in Kansas City, Missouri, but Trinity said it's heavily damaged. 

Police also located the white Infiniti being sought in connection to the crime, but it was abandoned near Quindaro and Fairfax with no license plate.

While police search for her father's killer, Trinity has found comfort in the kind messages posted online about him.

"I love seeing that he was able to touch you just as much as he touched our lives, my brother's, mine and my mom," she said.

To the people responsible for taking Frank away from his loved ones, Trinity has a message of her own.

"You guys know you did wrong. Come out. Have some type of integrity, dignity. He was a good person. You took an active grandfather from seven grandkids, and you broke their hearts," she said. 

This is an especially hard time for the Davila family because they just lost their mom in August. The family has started a fundraising page for funeral expenses. You can donate here.