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Originally published Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM

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Girlfriend recalls Central District shooting victim as a romantic

The girlfriend of a 28-year-old man shot dead in Seattle’s Central District last week said he was a sentimental car salesman who had recently moved to Seattle from Tampa, Fla.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Wilbert Plummer-Davis was an overly sentimental car salesman who had moved from Florida to Seattle to be closer to his girlfriend. That’s the way Shawna Campbell describes the man who constantly sent her sappy cards with handwritten notes.

“He must have had a VIP card at Walmart, because he was always sending me cards — sometimes he’d send four at a time, no kidding,” Campbell said Tuesday.

Plummer-Davis, 28, was fatally shot last week in a Central District parking lot after a night of clubbing with friends in Belltown.

The man she had been seeing for two years, Campbell said, was “the kind of guy who would rather blow $40 trying to win me a teddy bear than just buy me one.”

Plummer-Davis worked hard at the Acura dealership where he was employed, Campbell said, and he frequently went in on his days off. His absence still hurts for many of his co-workers.

“It’s been really hard here at the dealership for everyone that was close to him,” said one of the managers who did not want his name used.

In moving from Tampa, Plummer-Davis may have been trying to distance himself from bad influences, Campbell said. He told her on their first date that he had been charged with robbery at age 17, and court records show he had violated probation at least once.

Campbell last saw her boyfriend Saturday, May 11, the day before he was found shot in the back in the empty parking lot of a vocational institute, not far from his apartment. The couple usually spent weekends visiting each other — Campbell lives in Boston Bar, B.C. — but that weekend, her visit was cut short so she could help a friend in Bellingham.

She called Plummer-Davis at 11:40 p.m. and expected him to call or text her soon after, as he almost always did. But she never heard from him again.

Police found Plummer-Davis’ body next to his black Jaguar at 4:26 a.m. on May 12 after 911 calls came in about shots fired at 22nd Avenue South and South Main Street.

Campbell said she can’t fathom why he would drive his car to a vocational institute’s empty parking lot.

A woman who lives near the parking lot told KOMO she had heard angry voices before the shooting and saw two cars leave the scene.

Seattle police say they have no leads on possible suspects. Campbell says the friends Plummer-Davis hung out with that night all have different versions of what they think happened to him.

Police are asking anyone with information about Plummer-Davis’ activities that night or about the shooting to call 911 or the Seattle Police Department’s homicide tip line at 206-233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Alexa Vaughn: 206-464-2515 or avaughn@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @AlexaVaughn.

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