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Jacksonville Murder Stats Up

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Updated: 9/10/2013 9:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The mobile home is gone. But the memory of what happened on Missouri Avenue is still fresh for Tammy Lambretan.

It was the place where, just a month ago, Jazmine Shelton and Meagan Simmons were killed by an unknown gunman who simply opened fire on the home, not knowing or not caring, that two teenage girls were inside.

Lambretan said, "They were two little girls that was going to sixth grade. Never got to go to a prom. Never got to get married. Never got to graduate."

Two young lives cut short by violence. And they're not the only ones.

Action News got our hands on the latest murder stats in the city. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, there have been 65 murders so far this year. This time last year, there were 54.

Jazmine's and Meagan's murders are among several summer killings where police have made no arrests. Whoever shot and killed Amber Bass in her sister's driveway in July is still roaming the streets. And so is the person who killed 83-year-old Bob Levy inside his home back in June.

Lambretan is hopeful continued calls for justice within the community will help flush out Jazmine's and Meagan's killers. She says having the crime scene disappear helps. But knowing that their killers could still be lurking in their neighborhood makes her uneasy.

She said, "They took two innocent girls, you know. They're evil. That's all I can say, they're evil. And I hope they find them."

A $10,000 reward is still being offered for information that leads to those killers.
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wishmistress - 9/11/2013 2:00 PM
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You are so right, Truth! I have always been a huge proponent of Penal Farms. True penal farms are self-sufficient facilities where the incarcerated learn real life through hard work. Our youth does not need to go into prisons where they learn the 'tricks of the trades'. In a penal farm, they learn to grow, harvest and cook their food. They learn how to raise animals, how to maintain the grounds that they are responsible for. They learn that life can actually be good when you do good things with your hands, instead of bad.

yokokid - 9/11/2013 1:44 PM
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@ Truthseeker. That all makes sense, but you have forgotten that prisons are a money making institution along with our states, which gets funding from taxpayers.

Truthseeker - 9/11/2013 4:46 AM
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The reason this is happening is because the criminals in this state and country do not fear prison. Most criminals have it better in prison than they do on the "outside". If this country would quit coddling criminals and make prison a place they dread then their attitudes might change. No free medical, no television, no libraries and gyms, etc. Criminals should be put to work earning their keep. They should be worked at least 12 hours a day and worked hard enough that all they want to do the rest of the days is sleep. Overcrowding should not even be a consideration. If you don't want to be in an overcrowded prison, then don't commit crimes. We should not be concerned with criminals rights. A person who breaks our laws does not deserve to be protected by our laws.
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