Four Florida teenagers participated in a triple murder and a 14-year-old drove a car as the suspects fled the scene, police say.
On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested all four teens in connection with the triple homicide. They were identified as Kyshawn Glover, 17, Owen Laureano, 17, Keon Lester, 18, and Alana Sears, 14, according to a press conference held by Director Mike Bruno and streamed on social media.
"Let me repeat that," Bruno said. "The driver of the getaway vehicle in a murder was a 14-year-old female."
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s gang unit went to the Moncrief neighborhood on Monday night when they heard gunshots around an apartment complex. Officers tried to stop a dark-colored vehicle fleeing the scene, but the car sped away.
That led to a three-mile chase, where officers tried to hit the vehicle with their cruisers. Finally, authorities stopped the vehicle and made the arrests.
“They all started making statements, ‘We didn’t shoot those people; we didn’t shoot those people,’” Bruno said.
Police found three guns in the car, including one that the suspects were taking apart, which is presumed to be the murder weapon, officials said. They also had more than 100 OxyContin pills and a large bowl of white powder in their possession, the Sheriff’s department stated.
“This is not a random act of violence,” Bruno said. “We’re still trying to figure out exactly what the root is beyond the robbery and murder that occurred.”
One of the victims is 30-year-old Sara Cancel Urriola, according to First Coast News. The other two victims have not been identified. The outlet reached out to Urriola’s family, who gave the following statement.
“We have lost a loving, caring, wife, mother, daughter, niece, cousin, sister, aunt, best-friend and friend today. Sara loved her friends and family very much and the friends that knew her know she was all about the well-being of her family…. She started her career in Criminal Justice, earned her AA Degree at FSCJ, and Bachelor’s at UNF in Jacksonville, and she was currently working towards earning her Master’s at FSU.”
All four of the accused teenagers were charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Sears was also charged with attempting to flee or elude a law enforcement officer.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Anonymous tips, with a possible reward of up to $3,000, can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.