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Orlando Family Grieves after 16-Year-Old Tavyiah King Was Killed in a Gas Station Shooting

Olawale Ogunjimi
May 08, 2021
07:10 A.M.

It is a heartbreaking moment for the family of Tavyiah King, a 16-year-old high school student whose life was cut short following a gas station shooting.

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Orlando has been plunged into deep mourning following a tragic incident that occurred during the beginning of a new week. The town's police were contacted over a midnight shooting in John Young Parkway, not too far from Silver Star road.

Upon their arrival, they rushed a teenager who got shot to Arnold Palmer Hospital. Sadly, the person who was identified as Tavyiah King passed away in the medical institute.

Blue police sirens on top of a vehicle. | Photo: Pexels/ Pixabay

Blue police sirens on top of a vehicle. | Photo: Pexels/ Pixabay

The deceased is related to Orlando City commissioner Regina King. Sources are yet to confirm the intricacies of the case; however, there are ongoing investigations to apprehend the killer. According to a journalist's tweet:

"@OrlandoPolice are searching for whoever shot and killed 16yo Tavyiah King outside a gas station this weekend."

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Her loved ones have been vocal about their grief. Commissioner Hill beckoned on the authorities and community members to find the perpetrators of such a heinous crime.

The politician has asked the public to submit valid details. Callers may remain anonymous and the information would attract rewards in cash.

Her mom believes that she was not the intended target but was only the victim who sustained a gunshot wound.

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Alicia Rodriguez, the mother of the deceased, spoke highly of her daughter. She explained that the teenager never got into unnecessary drama and loved to have fun.

Rodriguez expressed her pain and admitted that it was shocking news. She also pleaded to the public and authorities to keep her in the loop.

Police vehicles with blue lights sirens | Photo: Pixabay

Police vehicles with blue lights sirens | Photo: Pixabay

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King's death occurred as she was leaving a party with her buddies. At first, she wanted to call an Uber but was persuaded by a friend to join them. The teenagers all rode a car that later came under attack.

An unidentified person shot the vehicle that carried the 16-year-old. Her mom believes that she was not the intended target but was only a victim who sustained a gunshot wound.

Authorities confirmed that she was among the victims of two unrelated senseless killings. King was a student of Evans High School. She had impressive grades, a lively personality, and had a dream of becoming a veterinarian.

She was also close to her mom and younger siblings. Students of Evans High School observed a moment of silence a few hours after the tragedy. A few family and friends also held a vigil on Monday at the spot of the incident.

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