21-year-old Arkansas mother killed while passing through Jacksonville, family says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A mother is searching for answers after her daughter, Destiny Dennis, 21, was killed in Jacksonville.

Dennis' mother, Emily Anne Martin, tells Action News Jax Destiny lived in Arkansas, had a six-month-old daughter, and was just passing through Jacksonville.

Dennis is listed as the third murder victim in Jacksonville in 2019.

“Destiny was a very loving person very kindhearted, help anybody she could, strong-willed, liked to do things her way, but she was a pretty good judge of character,” said Martin.

Many have taken to social media to express their condolences and share their thoughts. She also leaves behind nine brothers, and one sister, in addition to her daughter.

“A beautiful six-month-old baby girl, holding her now, and she’ll never get the chance to know her mother like we knew her,” said Martin.

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Her mother tells Action News Jax her daughter died as a result of a possible robbery attempt at a gas station on Jan. 4 in Jacksonville. Dennis' baby was reportedly with her at the time.

We’re working to confirm this information with police.

Meanwhile, Dennis’ family is holding out hope for justice.

“It would be a relief because we would know what happened to her and that the person who did it would be held accountable, however, it’s still not going to bring my baby back but I would like to know what happened,” said Martin.

We’re working to learn more about the circumstances of her death.

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