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Year later, family of murder victim says it’s step closer to justice

Just over a year ago, Shawn Gilmore’s body was found near a bike trail.
Just over a year ago, Shawn Gilmore’s body was found near a bike trail.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just over a year ago, Shawn Gilmore’s body was found near a bike trail. Jacksonville police classified his death as murder.

Janie Williams, Gilmore’s cousin, was at home when she got a call from her grandmother.

“She gave me a call and she told me he had been shot and I rushed over to his mom’s house,” Williams recalled.

For nearly a year, no one had been arrested until Aug 28. Cierra Pauline Washington, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and armed robbery, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

“I was just so happy, the whole family, we were just so happy,” Williams said of the arrest.

According to the arrest warrant, Gilmore had used a friend’s phone and agreed to meet Washington on Rampart Road on Sept. 5, 2020. The location was 3/4 of a mile from the gas station where investigators said Washington tried to use the credit card that Gilmore’s friend had given him.

According to the warrant, Gilmore was in a dispute with a man named Elijah over an SUV. The warrant states that Elijah told Washington and another person about the dispute but told police he never told anyone to kill Gilmore.

Williams said the arrest is a step toward justice for the family.

Washington’s arraignment is set for Sept. 20.


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