JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The lives of more than a dozen teenage boys and young men have ended in violence this year in Jacksonville, according to News4Jax records.
Only one arrest has been made in those cases, and one of the homicides was ruled justifiable.
Two teenagers shot and killed this month brought the total number of teens killed in Jacksonville since May to 15. Anti-crime advocates point out that teenagers are dying all over the city, not just in one part of town.
Corey Donald II, 17, was found shot to death Dec. 5 in a car on Trenton Drive in Northwest Jacksonville, and Diego Morales Perez, 16, was fatally wounded Dec. 14 in a double shooting in the Baymeadows area.
Donald's grandmother said the teen was a Mandarin High School student who loved the Gators and the Jacksonville Giants and wanted to become a barber. Carol Smith said Donald had just started school for the profession and traveled around cutting hair to make extra money.
“You know, all grandmothers think their kids are wonderful. He and I had a wonderful relationship based on faith and doing the right thing,” Smith said.
Smith said the pews were filled last weekend at her Northwest Jacksonville church as family and friends said goodbye to Donald.