Reward increased in unsolved murders of 2 Jacksonville women
The reward for information to help solve the murders of two women -- one from 2015 and one from last summer -- has increased to $9,500 due to a partnership between the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers and the Florida Office of Attorney General.
Woman found dead in hotel in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are trying to figure how a woman died Monday evening at the Hawthorne Inn and Suites on Baymeadows Road. Someone called 911 about 6 p.m. to report a person in one of the hotel rooms was injured. When officers got there they found a dead woman who had “unknown injuries.”While the cause of her death is unclear, investigators said foul play is possible. Officers interviewed people at the scene and are looking for surveillance video. If you know anything you’re asked to call JSO’s non-emergency number at 904-630-0500 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
Man found dead in house on Jacksonville’s Eastside
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man about 40 years old was found dead Monday morning in his home on Franklin Street, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said his injuries leads them to suspect he was killed. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Parkway and Phoenix Avenue, not far from Long Branch ElementaryThe man’s brother, who also lives in the house, found him laying on the floor with a stone in his right hand. “I thought maybe he got drunk and passed out or something, but no, he was dead,” he said. Ad‘There is nobody around here that I can think of that would hurt him because he is a good person,” the victim’s brother said. Anyone with information about the man’s death is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
Man killed in shooting in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was killed in a shooting Saturday night in the city’s historic Springfield neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Sheriff’s Office, police and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report of a shooting on 7th Street West near Silver Street and found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. At some point, according to JSO, the gun was fired and the victim was shot and killed. At this point, police don’t know if the shooting was intentional or accidental, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office said it believes this was an isolated incident.
JSO: Man arrested over deadly stabbing on Jacksonville’s Southside
Christopher Kreighbaum, 32, was arrested by JSO for the deadly stabbing off of Hodges Blvd early Saturday morning. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection to a deadly stabbing in a wooded area off Beach Boulevard near Hodges Boulevard Saturday morning. Christopher Kreighbaum, 32, was arrested for the death Saturday night, less than 24 hours after the incident. JSO says Kreighbaum was initially found near the crime scene and taken into questioning. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/TEvMoDGOJ8 — Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) February 20, 2021A JSO sergeant said there is a homeless camp in the area where the man was found.
Middleburg man accused of killing brother is former pastor
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office have arrested John Ward Gill, charging him with murder in the shooting death of his brother on Sunday. John Gill, 63, was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center with self-inflicted injuries that were not life-threatening. The Sheriff’s Office said this appeared to be a case of domestic violence. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gill family,” Public Affairs Officer Andrew Ford wrote in announcing details of the case. News4Jax has learned that John Gill is a former pastor.
Man killed overnight at Calloway Cove; 4th killed there this week
Ad“It’s sad because right now, it’s just a no-win situation,” said one man who told News4Jax he’s not surprised at the violence. “That comes from, in my opinion, the one home family, because everybody is a follower now,” the man said. “There’s crime all over Duval County, but in this particular area, it seems to resonate over the years,” Jefferson said. News4Jax reached out to the City Council member who represents Calloway Cove’s district, as well as the owner of the complex. All five homicides in Jacksonville this week have been in the 32209 ZIP code: the four at Calloway Cove and one on Iris Boulevard, only three blocks away.
Arrest made in first homicide of 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have charged a 27-year-old man with third-degree murder in a Jan. 3, 2020 double shooting on West 12th Street near Canal Street. Malik Brown, 18 was killed and a second man was wounded in what police believed was a robbery. Brown was a former Robert E. Lee High School football player who was attending Warner University and had a 1-month-old son. Daniel Denyasha, the man wounded in the shooting, was arrested Monday and charged with third-degree murder. He told police he thought he hit one of them.
Jacksonville police ask for help solving murder where 100 people were present
They agreed to meet on Ken Knight Drive about 6:30 p.m. and the fight attracted dozens -- either to participate or to watch. Police investigate after a deadly shooting Jan. 26 at the intersection of Wrico and Ken Knight Drive in Northwest Jacksonville. He was killed near Ken Knight Drive on Jan 26th. He said if someone had alerted JSO to the social media posts ahead of time, the murder might have been prevented. In addition to suspect information, police are looking for additional posts or social media videos that could help.
Man found dead outside motel off Baymeadows Road
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found dead Monday morning outside the Kings Inn Hotel on Dix Ellis Trial, which runs off Baymeadows Road near Interstate 95. Jacksonville police were called to the area when a passerby spotted a body. Detectives did say how the person died, leaving that up to the medical examiner, but they do suspect foul play.
Records suggest shooting that killed Jacksonville teen was retaliation
Wyche was found dead March 19, 2020, by police called to a shooting near Portsmouth Avenue and Norfolk Boulevard, one of five killings in Jacksonville that week. AdPolice said at the time that a grey car was seen pulling up in front of Wyche’s vehicle before two men got out and opened fire with an AK-47. Roland Ball and Xavion Porter both face murder charges in connection with 17-year-old Inandi Wyche's killing. According to a redacted copy of Ball’s arrest warrant, the 21-year-old was identified as one of the individuals involved in Wyche’s killing, a deadly shooting that police believe was retaliation for the shooting of Daquan Saxton. Saxton, 20, was killed March 17, 2020, in a shooting that took place three blocks away.
Grieving mother opens candlelight vigil to all families impacted by homicide
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the number of homicides in Jacksonville rising in 2020, one local mother wants to help those who’ve lost loved ones. Knowing that the holidays are a tough time for these families, Gray is holding a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park in Riverside. Gray said her 20-year-old son loved Christmas. “It’s not the same.”Since Trevor Gray’s death, Tina has watched as more families lost loved ones to violence. For Gray, she created a small memorial in front of her home to make sure her son’s memory lives on.
Grieving mother holds candlelight vigil for families impacted by homicide
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the number of homicides in Jacksonville rising in 2020, one local mother wants to help those who’ve lost loved ones. Through her support group, Compassionate Warriors, Inc., Tina Gray is holding a candlelight vigil this weekend ahead of the holidays. His mother, Tina, says it’s fitting for a man who loved Christmas. That’s why she and Compassionate Warriors are holding the vigil this weekend to honor and remember together. To learn more about Compassionate Warriors, Inc., click here.
Man charged with murder in killing of woman at Normandy Park
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a young woman who was found shot to death Monday morning at Normandy Park, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. He said she had been trying to leave an abusive relationship with a man named Deiondre Lewis. Police confirmed Tuesday that Lewis had been charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed firearm in connection with the shooting. Nov. 13: 54-year-old Terrion McQueen is shot and killed while sitting in her SUV outside a friend’s house in Oakleaf. Her ex-boyfriend has been charged with her murder after her 2018 shooting death on Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
Woman killed at park is Jacksonville’s 162nd homicide of 2020
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman in her 20s was found shot to death Monday morning at Normandy Park, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. A weapon and other evidence were located between where the victim was found and where the subject was taken into custody. “The witnesses provided a clothing and a physical description and the general area which he fled on foot,” JSO homicide Sgt. Her uncle, Timothy Williams, identified the victim as Ta’Liyah Williams. Tuesday morning the Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect, Deiondre Lewis, 22, as the man who was taken into custody.
Naked body with gunshot found in plastic container in pond
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police called to a Windy Hill neighborhood by a man out walking his dog Sunday morning found a plastic container dumped in a retention pond. Inside, police found a naked man dead with a gunshot wound. A Jacksonville homicide detective said the dive team retrieved a gray storage container from the pond on Dalry Drive, east of Southside Boulevard, and only a block from Windy Hill Elementary School. The victim inside was estimated to be between 30-40 years old. The pond is on land owned by the city of Jacksonville and adjoins the Windy Hill Community Center.
Jacksonville police release ID, details in February shooting death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police on Wednesday asked for help to track down the shooters who killed a man in a Mandarin condominium complex parking lot in February. Police said as Alhirsh walked back to his car around 11:30 p.m., two men approached and the three got into a fight. “The motive behind the murder and the relationship between the suspects and the victim are unknown,” the Sheriff’s Office said. Anyone who has any information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Livestream captures chaos amid deadly shooting at Arlington youth football game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The morning after a 27-year-old man was fatally shot and a 7-year-old boy was injured during a shooting at a youth football game in Arlington, Jacksonville’s mayor is among those speaking out over the latest deadly gun violence. To the 7-year-old child shot at the Arlington Athletic Association, my family and I are praying for your full recovery. You can call the police and remain anonymous.”This was the fourth shooting and third fatality in Arlington over the weekend. I am sending my deepest sympathy to the families impacted by the deadly chain of events in Arlington. “When we were kids football was our out route away from everything,” said Johnathan Tunstall, who lives near the field.
Man killed, 7-year-old injured by gunfire at Arlington youth football game
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – A man was killed and a 7-year-old boy was injured Sunday evening in a shooting at a football game at an Arlington Athletic Association field next to Arlington Heights Elementary School, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said shots were fired just after 6 p.m. Witnesses told police that a grey SUV pulled up to the field, a man wearing a grey hoodie and mask got out of the vehicle and shot at the victims. Multiple shots can be heard on video of the game obtained by News4Jax. Police said both victims were taken to a hospital, where the man died.
Police make arrest in March killing of 15-year-old
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 20-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder months after a 15-year-old was shot at a Southside apartment complex. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Branden Chau was charged Friday in the March 15 shooting at the Pinebrook Apartments on Powers Avenue. The victim, identified by family as Jaedon Pita, was found lying in a parking lot about 10:30 p.m. He died at a hospital. At the time police said there was an altercation before the shooting, but they didn’t know if the victim knew the shooter or was the intended victim.
Police investigate deadly stabbing at Atlantic Beach home
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Homicide detectives called to a suspicious death early Monday morning on Redfin Drive at Sailfish Drive said a man was stabbed several times. Police said a resident of the home who called 911 about 1:15 a.m. but didn’t yet know that person’s relationship with the victim. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Atlantic Beach police with the investigation. Neighbors told News4Jax the people in that house moved in about a year ago but didn’t know much about them. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said if this is a domestic killing, it there shouldn’t be a threat to public safety -- but police haven’t said.
Grand jury indicts man in shooting deaths of 3 friends
BARTOW, Fla. – A grand jury formally charged a 26-year-old man with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of three friends who had gathered at a central Florida lake in July for some late night fishing. Prosecutors have 45 days to determine whether to seek the death penalty for Tony ``T.J.'' Wiggins Jr., following the grand jury’s findings late Tuesday, the Ledger reported. He said his brother accused Springfield, who was a mechanic, of taking his truck, reports said. He also told investigators he couldn’t find his son’s phone because it had fallen between the seats in the truck. Investigators said they found bullets at the home where Wiggins was living that matched the ones fired at the scene, arrest reports said.
JSO: Unborn child dies after pregnant woman shot
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday morning as she slept in her apartment on Kona Avenue, and the woman’s unborn child has died, police said. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the woman, in her late 20s, was shot once in the stomach around 1:15 a.m. She was stabilized at the hospital but was reportedly in serious condition. Police said two other people were inside the Golden Shores apartment complex at the time of the shooting. Very sad," said another neighbor, who told News4Jax she met the woman who was pregnant a few months ago. Police ask anyone with suspect information to contact the Sheriff’s Office 904-630-0500 or email@example.com.
Man dead, 2nd injured in New Town shooting, according to JSO
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A shooting in the back parking lot of a Checkers Drive-In Restaurant on Kings Road left Sunday afternoon left one man dead and one man critically injured, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Arriving officers found two men in their early 20s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside their black four-door sedan. JSO is working to identify these men and notify their next of kin. "I think they are just stopping people who are coming through, trying to identify. There are family members that have come towards trying to find out if these are their family members or not.
Teenager killed, 21-year-old injured in double shooting in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 18-year-old woman is dead and a 21-year-old man has non-life threatening injuries after a double shooting at the Cross Creek Apartment Complex on the Westside of Jacksonville. A spokesperson for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened before 1 a.m. According to police, the 18-year-old and 21-year-old were sitting in a vehicle when a shooter approached, likely with a rifle, and fired multiple rounds at the vehicle. Police said some of the shots fired hit the surrounding apartments but no one inside those buildings was injured. If you have information on this incident, you’re urged to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Accomplice of man found dead in parking lot charged with murder
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. Six months after the body of a 27-year-old man was found early in a parking lot of a shopping plaza on Atlantic at Kernan boulevards, Jacksonville police announced the arrest someone believed to be with the victim during a nearby attempted armed robbery. Austin Douglas was found shot to death about 7 a.m. March 3 between two cars the parking lot of the plaza anchored by Kohls. Detectives said they learned that Douglas and two others were involved in an attempted robbery and aggravated battery on Woodbridge Court -- off Kernan. A U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force found Lott in Valdosta on Aug. 22 and made the arrest. On Wednesday, Lott was booked into the Duval County jail and charged formally charged with felony murder, attempted murder, attempted home invasion and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Remains of 25-year-old with gunshot wound found on Baldwin Rail Trail
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Human remains found late Wednesday morning in a wooded area on the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail off Imeson Road have been identified as a 25-year-old man. After the medical examiner determined a gunshot wound was the cause of death, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office have classified this a homicide -- Jacksonvilles 129th in Duval County this year. Investigators are seeking information regarding this incident. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office at 904-630-0500 email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Man shot during argument dies at hospital
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An argument Saturday evening in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood ended with at least one gunshot and a man dead, according to police. He was taken to a hospital by Jacksonville Fire-Rescue, where he pronounced dead. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators said the unidentified man who shot the victim drove away in a black car. According to News4Jax records, this was the 122nd homicide of the year in Duval County -- 100 of those ruled murders. There have been 374 people shot in Jacksonville this year -- including five in less than eight hours over the weekend.
Police: Accomplice of robber killed charged with murder
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Six weeks after 22-year-old Malik Sykes was shot and killed by the person he was trying to rob at a convenience store, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a man police believed was Sykess accomplice that day. The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said Shantez Forbes, 21, was arrested Wednesday on charges of felony murder, attempted robbery, shooting missiles and carrying a concealed firearm. Under Florida law, Forbes is charged with murder because Sykes death took place during the commission of a felony: attempted armed robbery. The State Attorneys Office has a long history of filing murder charges in such cases.