Still no answer in teens' slaying 3 years later
Megan Simmons, 14, Jazmine Shelton, 13, killed during sleepover
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Last 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 dozens of shots were fired through a wall. No suspects have been arrested.
It has been difficult for the girls’ families not knowing who killed the girls or why. The families said they won’t let the case go cold.
"(Megan) was a beautiful soul," said her aunt, Neta Sessions. "She was taken away from us."
Simmons, who liked to sing and was excited about going back to school, was sleeping over at Shelton’s mother’s house.
"She was going to the beach the next day," Sessions said. "She was spending the night on the couch."
Shelton died at the scene. Simmons died after four days on life support.
"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."
Simmons’s aunt and the rest of her family have conducted vigils, run a Facebook page and keep in contact with detectives.
"They were so young," Sessions said. "They didn't get to enjoy their life, experience life, do things we all did growing up."
The family still hopes someone will tell police what happened.
"It's tough," 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."
There is a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information about the shooting can call theJacksonville Sheriff's Office or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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