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Mother of slain teen pleads for help to catch daughter's killer

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Updated: 8/12/2013 12:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Family, friends and even complete strangers have started a makeshift memorial outside of the Missouri Avenue home where 13-year-old Jazmine Shelton and 14-year-old Megan Simmons were shot.

Shelton died at the scene early Saturday.  Simmons remains in critical condition at UF Health Shands Jacksonville.

Pancy Shelton is begging for her daughter's killer to be brought to justice.

"Please, whoever knows anything please, please let us know," said Shelton.

Shelton woke up to the sound of gunshots that shattered her windows and left dozens of bullet holes in the side of her home. She then discovered her daughter's lifeless body on the floor.

"The light was still on in the kitchen and I ran in there to see what was going on because of all the bullets that I heard; and my daughter was lying in front of the door," said Shelton.

Her daughter's best friend, Megan Simmons, was also badly wounded in the hail of gunfire.

Crystal Westberry says she's known both girls for years and she considers Jazmine her little sister.

"It still hurts. I still can't get over the fact that Jazmine is gone and that Megan is in the hospital fighting for her life," said Westberry.

Jazmine was nine days away from starting the sixth grade at Lake Shore Middle School. Shelton says she was looking forward starting at her new school all summer.

All she has to hold on to now are memories of a young girl she says had a smile of gold.

"She was fun, loving, easy-going, energetic, likes to laugh, full of life and it was taken away this morning," said Shelton.

If you have any information that could help police make an arrest, you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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wishmistress - 8/11/2013 8:57 PM
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This is so sickening! What could these 2 little girls have ever done to deserve such a thing? Someone saw! Tell! It could be your babies next.
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