Teen ambushed and murdered, two 16-year-olds arrested and police search for other suspects

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Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Jun. 10 2021, Published 3:55 p.m. ET

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A 17-year-old was ambushed, shot and killed in what police described as a drug deal in Florida.

Two teens have been charged in connection to the case and officers are searching for additional suspects.

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Around 9:40 p.m. on June 7, the victim, Taigur Taguri, 17, allegedly drove to Gordon Heights Park to sell marijuana to someone she was communicating with on social media, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was accompanied by a woman in the passenger seat.

When Taguri arrived at the park, he stopped his truck and several unknown Black male suspects approached, according to the sheriff's office.

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One suspect opened the driver’s door, and another opened the passenger door. Taguri was then heard saying “no” and “don’t," according to the sheriff's office.

Multiple shots were fired at Taguri by both suspects. Taguri was killed, but the passenger was unhurt, according to investigators.

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Three to four suspects are believed to be involved in the homicide, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office stated. The suspect fled the scene after the shooting. Taguri was pronounced dead when first responders arrived at the park.

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Police gathered evidence, including spent shell casings, and they searched social media to find communication between the victim and potential suspects.

Detectives discovered and were provided with several names of people that Taguri talked to on social media.

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One of those suspects has been tentatively identified as Jevon Berrien, Jr., 16.

When detectives responded to Berrien’s home, they also found Margus Johnson, 16, hiding in the home, unbeknownst to some of the residents.

When searching the home, detectives found a loaded Glock 9mm handgun in Berrien’s room. After analysis, the gun matched the shell casings at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.

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Detectives also found drug paraphernalia, including a grinder, scale and glass jar, all containing marijuana residue.

During a search of Berrien’s home, detectives found another loaded gun in Jevon Berrien Sr.’s room, a large red container of methamphetamine and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

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Inside Berrien Sr.’s car, detectives found a camera bag with a digital scale, multiple plastic baggies and individually packaged baggies of marijuana. A lunchbox contained another digital scale and a gallon-sized bag of marijuana.

Jevon Berrien Jr. was charged with first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, unlawful possession by a minor of a firearm, posession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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Johnson has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Jevon Berrien Sr., 47, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of paraphernalia.

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At least two more suspects in the murder of Taigur Taguri are still at large. There is a $5,000 reward for information on their location, according to the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS.

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