JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A somber anniversary of a heartbreaking crime took place Sunday.
This past week marked three years since two teenage girls were shot and killed during a sleepover in a Northwest Jacksonville home.
Jazmine Shelton, 13, and Megan Simmons, 14, died after someone fired dozens of shots through the walls.
Megan was sleeping over at her friend Jazmine’s mother’s house when the shooting happened. Jazmine died at the scene and Megan was on life support for four days before she died.
Their killer or killers are still on the loose.
It has been tough for the girls’ families to wake up every morning not knowing who killed their girls or why. As each day passes, the case is more in danger of going cold. It’s something the families say they won’t let happen.
“It's tough,” Megan’s aunt, Neta Sessions, said. “We feel like, as a family, we don't have closure for her death. There's still an empty hole in our hearts. We haven't gotten justice for her death.”
Megan’s aunt, and the rest of her loved ones, have worked tirelessly to keep the case from going cold. They have vigils, run a Facebook page and keep in contact with detectives.
It’s hard to stay optimistic, especially after three years. But they still have hope that someone – someday – will do the right thing and tell police what really happened.
“My message to whoever did this is our family deserves closure,” Sessions said. “If they're not in jail, come forward. We deserve it. You took someone precious from us.”
There’s a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.