Photo: Marion County Sheriff / Courtesy
MIAMI – The FBI and the US Marshalls Service (federal marshals service) continue to search for this Saturday to a teenager whom they consider “armed and dangerous” and is related to the death of three minors in Marion County, Florida, for which there are already two detainees, the authorities reported.
In a statement, the Marion (central Florida) Sheriff’s Office said that Tahj Brewton, 16, is the third suspect in the shooting deaths of three teenagers in the rural community of Ocklawaha of said county, where the bodies of the minors were found.
The other two suspects, Robert Robinson, 17, and Christopher Atkins, 12were taken into custody, the sheriff’s office reported Friday.
Both the FBI and the Federal Marshals Service offered a $10,000 reward. for information leading to Brewton’s capture.
“In addition to being wanted in connection with these slayings, Brewton has active juvenile custody orders (…) for various feloniesincluding carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and tampering with an electronic monitoring device,” the statement detailed.
“Brewton is still on the loose. He should be considered armed and dangerous.. This is where we need your help,” the Marion police requested citizen collaboration.
The facts, disclosed on Friday, go back to last week, when a young woman identified as 16-year-old Layla Silvernail was found injured on a road near a dumpster in Ocklawaha. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and she later passed away.
Hours later, the body of a 17-year-old male teenager was founda kilometer away, while a third 16-year-old victim, a female, was found shot to death in Silvernail’s car, partially submerged in a pond.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods explained that next to Silvernail the deceased young woman is Camille Quarles, 16 years oldwhile the other teen killed has yet to be identified.
“The three attackers turned on our victims and killed them. They fled the scene but left behind a lot of evidence.Woods said, referring to the attackers as “gang members.”
The events would have occurred in less than 48 hours between March 30 and April 1 in Ocklawaha.
“It is horrible to hear because they are children. You have to be careful who you are with nowadays (because) you don’t know who is the wrong person or who is trying to hurt you or hurt you,” hairstylist Damien Goodin told local outlet Wesh 2 on Saturday.
According to Goodin, Ocklawaha is a “calm and friendly” town.
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