(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Police in Florida are seeking suspects in an attempted triple homicide after three teenagers were shot, with two dying on the spot while the third is brain dead in a hospital.
The three incidents occurred between March 30 and April 1 in rural parts of the Sunshine State as two 16-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy were found separately with gunshot wounds.
The first of the “mysterious killings” occurred on March 30 in Marion County in Central Florida, after Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call to the area of Forest Lakes Park on SE 183rd Avenue Road.
The deputies discovered 16-year-old Layla Silvernail, who had suffered a gunshot wound. The girl was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
A GoFundMe campaign on her family’s behalf revealed that Silvernail remains brain-dead.
“Layla is showing no brain activity, and her family has decided to donate her organs so she can help others in the wake of this tragedy,” the GoFundMe page states.
“Layla is sixteen years old and has been playing softball all her life in Recreation and Travelball. She is the definition of a team player and an amazing athlete.… She uplifted all of her teammates! She has been taken from us too soon and will be greatly missed,” the page adds.
On March 31, a day after finding Silvernail, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to SE 94th Street and SE 188th Court, where they found the dead body of a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound.
Then on April 1, the MCSO Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Unit and Underwater Recovery Team responded to the area of Malauka Loop and Malauka Loop Trace.
They acted “in reference to information that Layla’s vehicle was partially submerged at the edge of a nearby body of water.”
After obtaining a search warrant and searching Silvernail’s vehicle, the police found another 16-year-old female dead with a gunshot wound.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods states the three teenage homicides are related.
“I’m here to assure that small-knit community the Major Crimes detectives are working very hard to determine who was the individual that committed [these] heinous crimes,” Woods told Fox News.
“We’re looking for help. We’re looking for help for the families who have lost a loved one, and there are folks out there who know. You’ve got information,” he added.
“Major Crimes detectives have been able to rule out a serial killer,” the sheriff informed but refused to disclose why this office had reached that conclusion.
“Do not speculate on social media… There are family members out there reading it, and some of you – you make s— up,” Woods added.
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