FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday announced a fourth arrest in connection to the shooting deaths of two 16-year-olds.
According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, Terrell Sampson, 18, was arrested for attempted second-degree murder in the death of Noah Smith, 16.
Noah Smith was a Flagler Palm Coast High School student who was shot and killed in January on South Anderson Road in Bunnell.
Sampson was the fourth person arrested in connection to Smith’s death. He is also accused of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder with a firearm in the homicide of 16-year-old Keymarion Hall.
The sheriff’s office said Hall and Smith were not the intended targets when someone was trying to kill Sampson.
Investigators had been searching for Sampson since a warrant was signed for his arrest this week. He was located inside a residence along Wedge Lane. A 30-year-old man was also arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive.
Three men were arrested Tuesday — Tyrese Patterson, 20, Steven Monroe, 23, and Davondre Williams, 18, who are all members of “Get Stepped On” from the Palm Coast area, the Sheriff’s Office said. All have been accused in connection with Smith’s murder.
The Sheriff’s Office is hoping that the recent arrest brings the victims’ families some relief.
News4JAX spoke with Hall’s basketball coach Johnny Hampton, and he said there are days when he is still waiting on the teenager to walk through the door at practice.
“You just want justice, but at the same time, it breaks your heart to see so many of the young people,” Hampton said. “Some of these people grew up together. They’re involved in these murders. They grew up in the same community. Their families know each other. And so it saddens you from that aspect because there are no real winners.”
Hampton not only asked the community to keep praying for everyone involved but also encouraged people to start speaking up.
A detective investigating the case said this is an example of why the community must speak up when they know about a crime.
“They need to take responsibility within their community. They need to take responsibility for the people that are involved in their life,” said John Welker, division chief of Community Policing Division.
Deputies said many of the people arrested in this investigation were because the community spoke up and cooperated.