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Community says goodbye to slain 13-year-old

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Updated: 8/17/2013 7:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- What a day for Jazmine Shelton's family. The 13-year-old was laid to rest Friday after she was killed last weekend.

"Jazmine will be greatly missed," a former teacher said.

Dozens gathered to cry, sing and celebrate the teen's life. She was a smart girl who always had a smile and was kind to others.

When a gunman opened fire on a Northwest Jacksonville trailer, Jazmine Shelton and Megan Simmons didn't stand a chance.

"These children did not deserve to die this way. They deserved life. They had so much ahead of them," Jazmine's grandmother Barbara Starling said.

Turns out, the two families are bonded in more ways than one.

Jazmine's and Megan's grandmother's grew up in the same neighborhood and were childhood friends. Now they're mourning at the same time for the same reason.

A reason Pastor Steve Dobbs says needs to change.

"We've got to stop all this foolishness in Jacksonville. We've got to pray for our kids. We've got to pray over our kids," he said.

Right now, there's $10,000 in reward money up for grabs for information leading to an arrest.

As Jazmine's life is remembered, and Megan will soon be laid to rest, the families will continue pleading.

"We just need answers. Please come forward," Megan's grandmother Karen Pippen said. 

Megan's funeral will be held next week at Westside Baptist Church.

If you have any information on the shooting deaths of these two girls, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. Remember, you can remain anonymous.
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nativejax - 8/17/2013 3:15 PM
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All my Prayers again, for yet ANOTHER senseless loss of innocent life's.

Sherri - 8/16/2013 11:01 PM
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My heart goes out to the families of these 2 young angels who are now at Gods' side in heaven
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