Candlelight service held at West Side New Beginnings for Kwantae Hovington

February 10, 2021

About 200 family and friends gathered Feb. 4 in West Rehoboth to honor the memory of Kwantae “Tator” Hovington, a Cape High graduate who was shot to death almost three weeks ago in Seaford.

Outside the West Side New Beginnings facility, family and friends of Hovington mingled, sharing stories and offering messages of love and understanding to one other, and beseeching them to “Go with God.”

Hovington was a 2010 Cape graduate and a two-sport athlete who played football and basketball. He started his athletic career playing Pop Warner football for the Cape Sharks. His full obituary is online at and in print in the Feb. 5 Cape Gazette.

Delaware State Police have been investigating Hovington's death since Jan. 23 when they were called to Park Circle in the Mobile Gardens community at 6:40 a.m. for a reported shooting, said Master Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police. She said officers found Hovington deceased from a gunshot wound.

Family members attending the vigil said robbery may have been a motive; police do not comment on active investigations.

According to the family, Hovington was in his Seaford home with his baby daughter Khari Jhene’ Hovington and her mother Sha’Mya Elizabeth Edwards when he was shot.

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