JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A dozen men between the ages of 23 and 58 were killed -- mostly by gunfire -- in Jacksonville in March. So far, three of those homicides have resulted in an arrest, according to information released by police. Another five were ruled justifiable and "exceptionally cleared."
March was the first month of 2018 to see an uptick in the number of homicides from the same time last year. News4Jax records show nine people were killed in March 2017.
But overall the numbers are still lower than last year's. Through the first three months of 2017, three dozen people had been killed, according to News4Jax records. Through March this year, 31 people, mostly men, have been killed in the River City.
Last year, News4Jax records showed 141 homicides in Jacksonville. In 2016, we counted 120 homicides.
Below, we have listed the names and ages of the March homicide victims and the information surrounding their deaths. We have also included a photo of each victim, where available. Previous mugshots were used only when no other photo was available.
Many of the cases remain unsolved. If you have information about any of these crimes, call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Sunday, March 4
Breon Glenn, 32
Glenn was shot to death while sitting on his front porch in the city's New Town neighborhood, police said. Officers were called to West 2nd Street by ShotSpotter and found Glenn unresponsive. Police did not have any description of a suspect.
Monday, March 5
Billy Maddox, 58
Maddox was found shot to death around 9 p.m. March 5 at a home on Bernard Road in the Pecan Park area. Police were interviewing people who were at the home when Maddox was shot and later said the homicide had been ruled justifiable. They did not release further information in the case.
Tuesday, March 6
Jamel Kelly, 24
Police said Kelly was killed by his ex-stepfather, Gerod Studemire, after his mother asked Studemire to confront Kelly over domestic issues. Kelly's body was found in September buried behind a home on West Moncrief Road. Investigators have not said how he was killed, but Studemire is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in his death. Kelly's mother, Stacey Studemire, and Gerod Studemire's girlfriend, Shaakira Atwater, were charged as accessories in the murder.
Tuesday, March 6
James Suckow, 26
Suckow died after a shootout between two vehicles at the intersection of Pottsburg Drive and East Road on Jacksonville's Southside, police said. Five people, including a newborn, were in the two cars. The child was not hurt, police said. Suckow died at a hospital. Police identified both cars and detained everyone involved for questioning. Suckow's death was later ruled "exceptionally cleared, excusable."
Thursday, March 8
Timothy Basden, 42
Basden was found shot inside an SUV on Oglesby Avenue on Jacksonville's Westside. Witnesses who saw the shooting or heard the gunshots told police one man ran from the scene and another person possibly drove away in a smaller black SUV with a missing bumper. Police later said the shooting was ruled justifiable.
Sunday, March 11
Raymond Dixon, 23, and Raheem Prather, 28
Dixon (left) and Prather (right) were shot and killed by a security guard at Spin City Sweepstakes during an armed robbery on Jacksonville's Southside, police said. A third robber got away in a dark-colored Jeep driven by a fourth person, police said. The accused getaway driver, Skyler Patrick Aftoora, 24, was later caught at the airport and charged with two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery. Florida law allows a person to be charged with felony murder any time someone dies when they were committing a crime. The Sheriff's Office lists Dixon's case as justifiable and Prather's death as a murder cleared by arrest.
Tuesday, March 13
Brandon Webb, 24
Webb was found shot to death in his car in the parking lot of a Sherwin Williams paint store on Townsend Road in the Duclay neighborhood of the Westside. Police have not said if they were looking for a gunman.
Saturday, March 17
Jason Lamar Williams, 29
Police said Williams died at a hospital after he was shot during an altercation inside a unit at Oakwood Villa apartments on Kona Avenue in the Woodland Acres area. Three men who went into the apartment got into an altercation that ended with Williams being shot, according to police. They ran from the scene and have not been identified.
Sunday, March 18
Dominique Lloyd, 26
Lloyd was found shot to death in the driver's seat of a truck in the driveway of his home on East Prospect Street on Jacksonville's Westside. Family and friends said Lloyd was a Sunday school secretary and kept to himself. Police did not have any description of who shot Lloyd or why.
Monday, March 26
Christopher Blessett, 25
Blessett was found shot in the roadway on Mohawk Street near the Eureka Gardens Apartments on the Westside and died at a hospital. Police said Blessett was shot by Derrick Lewis, 38, during an argument. Lewis was picked up on an outstanding warrant and then charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Monday, March 26
Renee Vaughn, 37
According to an incident report, Vaughn's fiancee told police that Vaughn was drinking wine and took two ecstasy pills and then the two got into a scuffle that ended on the floor. She said she tried to move Vaughn to the bed and left her on the floor to calm down. She found her unresponsive the next morning and called 911, she said. Police have listed Vaughn's death as a homicide pending classification.
Saturday, March 31
Richard Likens, 31
Likens was found shot at least one time outside of his car parked in front of a home on Lakeland Street in the Rolling Hills area of the Westside. He died after being rushed to a hospital. Police later said the homicide was ruled justifiable and was "exceptionally cleared."