One year later, Dallas police seek info on student’s New Year’s 2017 death

Christian Dawson

Dallas Police Department

DALLAS — Christian Dawson was back in town during his college's winter break when he and a group of his close friends from high school headed to the Azure Banquet Hall in Dallas for a party to ring in the start of 2017. A year later, Dallas police say they still don't know who opened fire in the hall, around 1 a.m., killing Dawson and injuring others.

"We were dancing, having a good time, sharing those moments with each other, and then we heard like a pop," Dawson's friend and former high school football teammate Jameson Cooper told CBS DFW last January. Cooper described Dawson as "a loving and caring person who put others before himself."

Hundreds of partygoers scrambled for the exits as bullets ripped through windows and got lodged in the walls of the club. Dawson's friends made it out alive, but the Langston University student was hit.

He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Dallas police said in a press release Monday that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Dawson's killer.