Family of slain teen pleads for help

18-year-old shot, killed while riding bike

Lavonia Jackson
Lavonia Jackson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of a teenager killed in a drive-by shooting is pleading for information about who did it.

Lavonia Jackson, 18, was shot Monday afternoon in Northwest Jacksonville while he was riding his bike to night school.

A day after he was killed, Jackson's family talked about him dancing in the praise team at his church, trying to remember good times like that.

"I just want everybody to know that he has a family that loves him," said Uvonda Jones, Jackson's aunt. "I just want everybody to know that he's a good guy."

Jones is asking anyone who knows information about Jackson's killer to call police. Investigators haven't made an arrest in the case.

"I'm asking everyone if you know anything, please come forward and say something, because it's senseless to say you don't know anything when you know everything," Jones said.

Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said it's important for people to come forward now with information.

"Sometimes people are reluctant to give that information simply because of fear," Jefferson said. "They fear reprisal. They fear that they'll be labeled as a snitch, whatever. But you know you have to overcome those type of adversities for the safety of your community and come forward to the police."

Jones is hoping someone will lead investigators to make an arrest and help bring her family answers.

"He was really something special to our family," Jackson's aunt, Uvonda Jones, said. "The way he died, it was senseless. The way somebody would take a life over foolishness."

Investigators said they were looking for a dark car but did not have any other details on the vehicle's description.

If you have any information about the shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.