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Two young teens shot, one killed, while search for suspect continues
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Two young teens shot, one killed, while search for suspect continues

Two young teens shot, one killed, while search for suspect continues
Photo Credit: Crystal Westberry
Jazmine Shel

Two young teens shot, one killed, while search for suspect continues

Family, friends and even complete strangers have started a makeshift memorial outside of the Missouri Avenue home where 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton and 14-year-old Megan Simmons were shot this weekend.

Shelton died at the scene early Saturday.  Simmons was last listed in critical condition at UF Health Jacksonville. WOKV checked Monday morning to find she was no longer in the patient registry at UF Health, and we have reached out to police to find out any updates.

Pancy Shelton is begging for her daughter's killer to be brought to justice.

"Please, whoever knows anything please, please let us know," said Shelton.

Shelton woke up to the sound of gunshots that shattered her windows and left dozens of bullet holes in the side of her home. She then discovered her daughter's lifeless body on the floor.

"The light was still on in the kitchen and I ran in there to see what was going on because of all the bullets that I heard; and my daughter was lying in front of the door," said Shelton.

Police believe the shooting was targeted, although they are not releasing at this time why. Sheriff John Rutherford is calling on an end what he calls “indiscriminate violence” in the community.

“They just fired in to this house not knowing, not caring, who was in there. I saw dozens of bullet holes in the wall of this house,” Rutherford says.

Crystal Westberry says she's known both girls for years and she considers Jazmine her little sister.

"It still hurts. I still can't get over the fact that Jazmine is gone and that Megan is in the hospital fighting for her life," said Westberry.

Jazmine was nine days away from starting the sixth grade at Lake Shore Middle School. Shelton says she was looking forward starting at her new school all summer.

All she has to hold on to now are memories of a young girl she says had a smile of gold.

"She was fun, loving, easy-going, energetic, likes to laugh, full of life and it was taken away this morning," said Shelton.

Rutherford is calling for your help finding the person or people responsible.

“They know what happened and they know why it happened, and they need to start calling us,” he says.

If you have any information that could help police make an arrest, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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