Funeral service held for city's latest murder victim

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Family and friends of 21 year old Nedzad Botonjic prayed at the Islamic Center for the city's latest murder victim. His funeral, in Muslim tradition, was held as soon as possible after his death. Botonjic was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a convenience store on Atlantic Boulevard in Regency Monday evening.

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The victim's father Imam Shamudeen says after viewing security video that he believes his son was a robbery target.

Imam Shamudeen told those attending that life is precious and that we as a society cannot trivialize it.

Police are looking for two men in connection with the shooting and a red four-door car believed to be used in the getaway. No arrests have been announced by JSO.

"It is tragic, 21 years old just had really begun to live," said Valerie Kincade who joined her family in attending the service.

Sevon Abramson knew "Ned", as he was called, through a friend and thought so highly of him. Abramson says something has to change in Jacksonville. "It is just awful like something needs to happen, needs to change, it does," she said.

In the Muslim religion the family is in morning for three days. Nedzad's father, Rufad Botonjic, said his life is one of pain saying he now is living with a broken heart after losing his only son.


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