Sister of murder victim asks for public's help

22-year-old Amber Bass described as compassionate, loving

By Tarik Minor - Anchor, I-TEAM reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - She rushed to the aid of her younger sister after gunfire erupted in the driveway of her own home early Friday morning. Now Amber Bass' sister, Robin, is pleading for the public's help in catching her sister's killer.

"Someone knows something, saw something, I know my neighbors are out at all hours of the night, kids are walking around at night, someone saw something," said Robin Bass.

Bass says it's painful to think of all the things she will never get to do again with her younger sibling.

"I will never hold my sister in my arms again. I will never brush her hair or do her makeup, and I will never have a long talk with her over coffee again," said Bass.

Police say Amber Bass was shot about 3 a.m. in the driveway of a home in the 8400 block of Spring Tree Road. Family members say Bass had just returned home from an evening out with friends.

Bass says she heard the single gunshot, came to her sister's side, and tried to resuscitate her with CPR.

"She was lying there on the ground, unconscious, sputtering making noises, trying to breathe," Bass said. "She was covered in blood."

JSO officers have not named any suspects in this shooting.

Bass says her 22-year-old sister touched the lives of everyone she came across. She's described as someone who was compassionate, possessing a one of a kind sense of humor.

Amber Bass will be laid to rest at the Jacksonville Memory Gardens off Blanding Boulevard on Wednesday at noon. Following the ceremony family and friends will gather at Chili's restaurant where Amber worked. Friends are asked to wear bright colors in Amber's honor because Amber would have liked that. 

"We were soulmates but in a different way, she was the other half of me, my only sibling," said Bass, fighting through tears.

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