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2 women killed near Jacksonville school knew each other, family says

Police, family members searching for answers after women gunned down

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two women found shot to death Wednesday night on the Westside knew each other, family members told News4Jax.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, one woman's body was found on Placeda Street in Robinson's Addition and the other was found in a car nearby. Both victims had gunshot wounds.

Family identified one of the women as Deborah Ziegler. The second woman has not been identified yet.

Homicide detectives said the shooting was reported about 9:20 p.m. across the street from West Jacksonville Elementary. Police were looking for witnesses and gathering evidence to determine how they were shot and to identify a gunman.

Family members said they have no idea who would have shot the women.

Ziegler's daughter, Tameika Mays, said her mother was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It was my mom. She has grandbabies. She was loved by her friends and her neighbors. We just want answers. Who did this?" Mays said.

The family of the other victim gathered Thursday at a house near where the two were gunned down. News4Jax learned that she lived at the home and ran a food cart at a nearby store. Many knew her from the area.

"She was a very selfless person," said Bridget Williams. "When I stayed by her and I needed anything, she always offered me stuff."

Both Williams and Mays said they want to know what happened.

"Whoever knows anything, just let us know or call the police," Mays said. 

Police ask that anybody with any information call 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

News4Jax used JSO's crime-mapping system and found that in the past six months within a half-mile radius there have been:

  • 32 assaults
  • 17 thefts
  • 11 burglaries
  • 10 vehicle break-in/thefts
  • 6 robberies
  • 5 motor-vehicle thefts


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