Fort Worth

Mother of slain Fort Worth rapper says her son wasn't 'just another black male gone'

Damonta Tanksley, 36
Damonta Tanksley, 36 WFAA

The call Wanda Tanksley took at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday was the worst a mother should have to receive.

"Get down to South Meadow Drive. They're taping off the block. We think it's Monte," the caller said.

The devastating confirmation came Thursday. Her son Demonta Tanksley, 36, was shot to death inside a home in the 2700 block of South Meadow. Demonta Tanksley went by the name 'Monte Wayne' as a rapper and local club promoter.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified him Thursday morning as the victim of multiple gunshot wounds in the Tuesday shooting. He died in a hallway of the house just before 8:30 a.m.

Fort Worth police homicide detectives are still investigating, but told WFAA they have a person of interest in the case.

Wanda Tanksley told the Star-Telegram on Thursday that she last spoke to her son Monday, and that he planned to go to "a friend's house" the following day "to talk about a rumor going around" about a theft. Demonta lived near the house, his mother said.

"I don't know what happened once he got there," Wanda Tanksley said. "Not knowing is the hardest part."

But she also stressed that there was so much more to the man her son had become. Wanda Tanksley and her son have lived in Fort Worth their entire lives.

"He's not 'just another black male gone,' '" Wanda Tanksley, 66, said. "He was well-known. Everybody wanted to be his friend. He loved life. He was just life."

Several Facebook Live videos shot by friends and well-wishers from the scene of Tuesday's police investigation at the house show South Meadow Drive packed with onlookers, all speculating as to what happened to the man one called "a true Funky Town legend."

A candlelight vigil for Demonta Tanksley is scheduled for Friday at Lake Arlington on the Fort Worth side, near the intersection of East Berry Street and Interstate 820.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817