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NUMBER FOUR — When the family of Lyle F. Davoy Jr., allegedly slain by his father Monday evening, got a knock on the door at 1 a.m. in their Dinwiddie, Va., home, they had no idea of the devastating news they were about to receive.

They also say they’d been given no indication there was any trouble brewing between the father, Lyle F. Davoy Sr., and son.

In a phone interview, his mother, brothers and sisters recalled his gentle nature, confident if Mr. Davoy Jr. had sensed any trouble, he would have left.

His mother, Christina A. Polansky, offered no comment on the elder Davoy’s demeanor or motive.

“I don’t know the man he is now,” she said.

County officials did not reveal a motive at a press conference Tuesday, saying the case is still under investigation.

Estranged from his father for most of his life, Mr. Davoy was raised by his mother and stepfather, with Davoy not in the picture.

“He had no part in his life whatsoever,” Mrs. Polansky said.

After divorcing her son’s father when he was around a year old, she relocated to Virginia, where she and her husband, Stephen H. Polansky, raised their family.

Two brothers and two sisters don’t see themselves as half-siblings.

“I consider him my whole brother,” said Mark A. Polansky. “We’re all family here.”

Two years ago, her son relocated to Lewis County and reconnected with his father. He had been living in the Stillwater Road residence with him since December, according to Mrs. Polansky.

That residence is where deputies allege an argument turned deadly.

The family members, based on what they said they have heard and what they know about their brother and son, believe he was leaving the premises following the argument and was shot in the back by his father.

“Lyle was trying to walk away because he didn’t like conflict,” said his sister, Trina M. Janosik. “He was always telling everybody that’s ever known him, ‘Can’t we all just get along?’”

She said that would always result in laughter. ”That’s Lyle.”

Officials would not confirm whether the injuries were consistent with a gunshot to the back.

“Lyle, my first born, was a gentle soul,” his mother said.

His sister, Amandalyn C.J. Polansky, called him “passive” and “always peaceful.”

He contacted the family several times a week. Most recently, “He left me a beautiful voicemail on Mother’s Day,” his mother said.

Brian J. Polansky choked through tears as he recalled memories of his brother.

“He taught me how to play soccer. He tried to teach me to play hockey. He loved hockey,” he said, ”I’m glad I got the chance to have a brother so kind as he was.”

His mother said his gentle nature extended to those outside his family as well.

“He was the boy who helped out with special education kids,” she said.

In Lowville, his mother said, he volunteered at the county-owned recycling plant.

Even in death, he will continue to contribute “by giving someone else the gift of vision,” his mother said. Mr. Davoy was an organ donor and his family donated his eyes, she said.

“We believe through his eyes, he passes along the ability to see the good in the world and in others,” she said. “May they see the world Lyle could see.”

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