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Ride to remember teen killed in shooting

Johnnie Carter, 15, was killed in what police describe as an altercation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Community members from all over the area gathered Sunday for a memorial motorcycle ride and poker run to help raise money for the family of a teenager shot and killed during an altercation.

Investigators said Johnnie Carter, 15, was shot and killed near his Lakeshore home on July 6.

Sunday's ride started outside Jammes Pub on San Juan Avenue. Many of the people there didn't even know the teenager, but say they were touched by Carter's story and wanted to show their support.

Walter Harris was a close friend. He's still dealing with the loss.

"It's bad.  I knew him a very long time," Harris said. "I'm doing a lot better but it takes time."

Harris' father Buster organized the charity bike ride and poker run on the Westside. No one knows why Carter was killed, but the story has touched even the toughest of bikers.

"We have a very good community here," Buster Harris said. "It's breaking my heart a bit.  I had a feeling we have a lot of bikes.  A lot of good people."

Carter's mother was also there as everyone gathered around her for support.

Lysa Telzer, a member of Jacksonville's Justice Coalition, also attended. She's helping the family find justice.

"The justice coalition is always supporting victims and always fighting for justice," Telzer said. "I think the more we can get exposure to the case, hopefully someone will come forward."
 


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