Keland Nance talks to his granddaughter, Nautica Powell, 3, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at his property on the corner of Florida Street and East Mallory Avenue in Memphis. Nance's daughter, Jermeisha Nance, was killed in a shooting on Nov. 7.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Keland Nance said he’d hoped his daughter would learn from his past with gang violence.

Growing up in Memphis, he dropped out of school as a sophomoregang prevention advocate, mourns death of teen daughter. He said he “caught the holy ghost” in a Mississippi jail and God changed the direction of his life.

Now, at 40, he mentors at-risk youth.

On Sunday, Nance’s daughter – 19-year-old Jermeisha Nance – was killed in a shooting in Memphis.

“I never thought I’d make it to 40-years-old back then,” he said. “So, to see my daughter be killed at such an early age, it’s shocking because she knows my story just like the students I deal with.”

While his children were young, Nance earned an associate’s degree in social work at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He said he intentionally made those changes before his daughters were old enough to realize the things in which he was involved.

Jermeisha Nance, 19, was fatally shot at a club on Nov. 7. She was the mother of a 3-year-old girl.

“I tried to correct my behavior before it got too late – before she got old enough to realize…

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He left gangs for his daughter. Then she was killed in a shooting
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