NORMAN, Okla. – It’s been more than two years since Dashawn Longfellow, 23, was brutally stabbed to death in Phuket, Thailand.
But recent events have thrust his death into the spotlight again.
The prime suspect in Longfellow’s murder, Lee Aldhouse, was recently extradited from the U.K. back to Thailand to stand trial for the crime.
Aldhouse is the first British citizen extradited to Thailand.
Longfellow’s family gathered on the steps of his Alma mater, Norman High School, Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in his honor.
His family said more than two years after the murder, they want to work to keep his memory alive.
“Because I don’t want nobody [sic] to forget about my son, at all and I’m scared after this, they might,” Tammy Longfellow said, Dashawn Longfellow’s mother.
“It was really bittersweet,” Sabre Anderson said, Longfellow’s cousin. “I just, it’s hard to believe and seeing the first things posted we wanted as much confirmation as we could get before we got excited about it. But I hope he gets what he deserves.”
It was August 14, 2010 when Longfellow and Aldhouse got into a fight at a bar in Phuket, Thailand.
Authorities believe surveillance video of a nearby 7-Eleven shows Aldhouse stealing a knife that night.
They believe he followed Longfellow home and stabbed him to death.
“He was always smiling,” Anderson said. “He was just a great guy. He was protective. He would give the shirt off his back to anybody. He was just a great guy and he was a hero.”
Longfellow was a former marine, an Iraq war veteran and the recipient of two purple hearts.
He was in Thailand learning Thai kickboxing.
His mom said he hoped to return to the United States and teach the art to troubled youth.
“He did two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said. “He made it. To go over to train something he loved to do, he got murdered for it? It’s not fair.”
Longfellow said if she can come up with the money, she plans to attend Aldhouse’s trial.