Family asks for help in shooting case that left Jacksonville father, husband dead

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A family is pleading for justice in the death of Anthony Bell.

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Anthony’s wife, Shawnte Bell, said these have been the hardest days of her life.

“I’ve been with him 17 years. Never spent a day apart from him. So, to lose him in a matter of seconds, I will never be the same,” Shawnte said.

35-year-old Anthony Bell was shot and killed July 15 in the parking lot at EZ Stop Food Store on the Northside.

He leaves behind his wife and two kids, among several other family members.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Shawnte said.

“He was my best friend. I can always count on him,” Anthony’s sister Caretha Bell said.

Shawnte remembers Anthony as a sweetheart.

Now the family is left wondering what happened that Thursday night and who is responsible.

“Nobody knows what happened,” Shawnte said.

“If you know something, say something,” Caretha said.

They want the public to know who the real Anthony was.

“I don’t want him to be judged because he has gold in his mouth and dreads in his head, because he was not a street guy at all,” Shawnte said.

They also want people to know this could happen to anyone.

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“This is going to continue if nothing is done. If somebody (doesn’t) step in and do something about it, this will continue. It’s a death trap,” Shawnte said.

The only description we have of the suspect is a young man in a dark hoodie, according to JSO.

“They took my everything, my provider, my protector. They took my best friend,” Shawnte said.