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JSO: Suspect 'basically executed' Metro PCS clerk Shelby Farah

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Updated: 7/24/2013 6:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have arrested a suspect in the death of Shelby Farah.

He has been identified as 21-year-old James Xavier Rhodes.

Farah was gunned down Saturday at a Metro PCS store at 21st and Main Street where she worked.

Police say Rhodes walked into the store and pointed a gun at a witness before approaching Farah.

Farah gave him money.  Before walking out, police say Rhodes shot Farah three times.

"He basically executed her," said Lt. Rob Schoonover with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police say Rhodes is the same man seen wearing a bandana in a surveillance image circulated by police earlier this week.

Police say Rhodes' family members approached investigators about his potential involvement.

Authorities picked him up at a bus stop on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of the Regency Square Mall.

JSO said he denied any involvement initially, but then confessed early Wednesday morning.

Rhodes is facing charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say he has a lengthy juvenile record and just got out of jail in April after two and a half years behind bars.

Shelby's mother vowed to remain on the steps of JSO until police arrested a suspect in her daughter's death.  She told Action News she's relieved.

"I wanted to scream. I did scream. I just I'm happy that he's off the street," said Darlene Farah.  "Without the community and the media I don't think they would have made an arrest that fast."

Police are looking for a person of interest in the case.  They know his identity.

"Shelby's a special person. Shelby meant a lot to a lot of people," added Darlene Farah.

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nativejax - 7/24/2013 8:22 PM
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Realchange I agree with everything you just said except ONE thing...Raising a child is not easy, it takes worry, stress, patience and a lot of PRAYER that they 'listen' AND most important A DECENT, MORAL, ROLE MODEL THAT TEACHES BY EXAMPLE.Even if it just ONE parent. It has to start SOMEWHERE...ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY of OUR ACTIONS. it starts at home with the parents. If it isn't taught/showed PARENTS CAN CREATE THUGS AND MONSTERS, that are unleashed on society. To turn my son in if he committed such a heinous crime is good, but I am just to blame if I KNEW HE WAS JUST RELEASED FROM PRISON AND DID NOT GRAB A HOLD OF HIM THEN. 18 years is not what BEING A LOVING PARENT IS ABOUT...IT'S FOR LIFE.You keep doing what ever it takes until your kid 'GETS IT' He learns right from wrong and LIVES IN THE "RIGHT' EVERYDAY, whether he/she is 12 or 49 or 90. And usi jackson, I feel and I agree, it's not a race thing anymore, it's a 'behavior' thing. Nobody ever 'forgets' the past, but we don't have to 'dwell' in it. We learn from it and march on for the betterment of all. And being a Parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth, if we choose to be a parent.It took me 45 years to get my son straight, not that he was a'bad boy' but just not taking care of himself. he just now learned you can take care and love someone else, if you not loving and taking care of yourself first. But now, with my hair turning white, my face looking like a roadmap only plastic surgery can erase, he finally got. ALL WORTH IT. I am proud of him now and if I die tonight I know he will live a decent, moral life after I'm gone. What is more important than that if you choose to have a child? I am now free to do what I couldn't before. What we went without, we didn't need in the long run anyway. We had God.

Realchange - 7/24/2013 7:35 PM
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Do not blame the sins of the father on the children. The reverses is also true do not blame the sins of the child on the father/mother/brother/sister The same could be said of the family that had to turn their own in. They did an honorable thing and probably the hardest thing a parent, or sibling ever has to do. Turn a loved one over to justice. Some kids contrary to popular opinion cannot be made good. I hope Farah's family gets the justice they seek, and can put this event behind them. As for the man he should be executed to man example of what happens when you rob a store and the clerk does what you want and you still kill them in cold blood. I remember watching the video I think It was Ocala a few years ago where black man wearing a hoodie enters shoots the clerk once. She begs for her life he demands she put the money in the bag now she does it then he kills her. I don't think they ever caught that monster. The message should be you rob kill the clerk, when they give you the money, you will suffer greatly. Personally forgo the damn death by injection that's to easy. Death by firing squad the same way he did the woman is good enough for him.

Terri75 - 7/24/2013 5:53 PM
3 Votes
I'm so happy they caught the creep maybe some crooks should NEVER get out of jail.. Perhaps the Bass Family should camp out on the steps at the Police Memorial Building.

usi jackson - 7/24/2013 5:18 PM
6 Votes
If obama had a daughter... oh wait... wrong color...obama doesn't care Rest in Peace Shelby.Prayers for the family.Justice do your worst. Where is al sharpton,rev jackson,sunny the prosecutor from cnn etc... we need to stop playing the racist card and focus on changing our culture. As an african american my parents always thought me that in order to move on don't blame whites,hispanics,asians etc... make a difference.If we think about it the only way we as african american could move forward is to stop blaming other races,because we commit much more crimes.

nativejax - 7/24/2013 4:14 PM
3 Votes
Now JSO, take that slime bucket in a room and step on his nappy head until he tells you where his accomplice is hiding. These thugs families may have turned this one in, BUT THEY SPAWNED THEM AND DID NOTHING TO MAKE THEM LIVE DECENT LIVES BECAUSE BEING A PARENT IS FOR LIFE..NOT JUST UNTIL THEY TURN 18.... All my Prayers to this family for the loss of this beautiful soul.

tlynn - 7/24/2013 3:57 PM
5 Votes
Thank you to the members of the family that turned the scumbag in…Prayers to the family of this beautiful young lady.

EZZZE - 7/24/2013 3:13 PM
8 Votes
It's a shame the white folf don't riot and demonstrate like the blacks do when something like this happens. It's time to take this counrty back from the thugs and all the goverment recipients that sponge off the working people generation after generation. Just Venting!!!!

Gunny48 - 7/24/2013 11:28 AM
5 Votes
Shot her three times AFTER she gave him the money - can I "borrow" his cowardly useless carcass just for a few seconds? Find the little mutt accomplice too!!!

doug1 - 7/24/2013 11:26 AM
5 Votes
this black lowlife faggot scumbag should get a needle. come angie do your job. this is a slam dunk. Mr. Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY1 get over it and get this black s.o.b. on the needle fast track. it's time for WHITE PEOPLE to stand up to these pants on the ground thugs. where's al, jesse, and barry obuma now? it's time to burn ALL BLACK THUGS. get his partner, too. a double needle. doug1.

Gunny48 - 7/24/2013 11:25 AM
3 Votes
"...possession of a firearm by a convicted felon." - This should be an automatic additional 10 years with no parole and life if they use it in a crime!
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