• Family of murdered 26-year-old believes police are close to making arrest

    By: Russell Colburn , Action News Jax

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    The family members of a murdered, local 26-year-old who they said was shot and dumped in an Atlantic Beach neighborhood believe police are close to making an arrest.

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    First Coast Crime Stoppers said eight tips have come in since Dylan McCurdy was found dead two weeks ago Monday.

    McCurdy’s family said the shooting likely didn’t happen in the neighborhood, but that McCurdy’s body was dumped there.


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    They said neighbors there heard screeching tires, but no gunshots.

    McCurdy’s family recently decorated his cemetery plot for Easter.

    This is the family of faith's first Easter without him.

    “I still can’t believe it,” said his mother, Fay McCurdy.  “I’ve seen him lying in that casket, and I kissed him all over, rubbed his little hands.  It just still doesn’t seem real, but I know it is.”

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    Family members said McCurdy, who was a construction worker at Mayport and a former high school wrestler, was found on Featherwood Drive South.

    “It looks like it may have been done somewhere else and then his body was dumped at the site there in Mayport,” said Dylan McCurdy’s father, Bruce McCurdy Sr. “They do have several persons of interest at this time.”

    Action News Jax tried to confirm that with Monday the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office but was told it is not public record at this time.

    Meantime, McCurdy’s mother has a message for whoever did this.

    “I just don’t understand why they wanted to do this,” Fay McCurdy said.  “They’re just going to rot in hell.”

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