Jazmine Shelton, 13 (left) and Megan Simmons, 14 (right) died after a shooting on Missouri Avenue August 10th.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The families of two slain teenagers are coming together to pay it forward in memory of their girls.
Jazmine Shelton,13, and her friend 14-year-old Megan Simmons both died after a shooting almost exactly a month from Sunday.
It was the morning of August 10.
Police said dozens of bullets hit the Shelton family mobile home on Missouri Avenue. The family has since knocked the home down.
Police have not made any arrests, and even though the families are missing that closure, they say they want to give back to the community.
Four weeks after the shooting on Missouri avenue that claimed the life of her niece, Neta Sessions and her family are trying to do something good for the community.
"We're like paying it forward to the next Megan or the next Jazmine and we're giving it back so you know maybe, it helped us, so maybe it can help the next person," said Sessions. "My niece was a wonderful girl and I miss her every day but I just basically wanted to do this for my niece and Jazmine."
The Shelton and Simmons' families feel grateful towards the Justice Coalition. Sessions says the organization has helped the family cope with the tragedy from the beginning and helped cover Simmons' funeral costs. So now on September 14, they're planning a poker run event to donate all the proceeds to the Justice Coalition, an organization that helped the families of six victims under the age of 20 killed in a span of two months.
"Victims that will never go to prom or get married or things like that and their life was taken away over stupid things," said Sessions.
Misty Sightler is organizing the event and says the Shelton family is onboard. Their mission is to provide some aid to the next family that may have to go through this.
"It could have very well been mine and granted that even though Megan is not biologically mine, Megan is family and I hurt just like they do and I see how close it could have been one of mine," said Sightler.
There is a $10,000 reward for any tip leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
The Justice Coalition is a nonprofit agency. For more information on the organization, click here.
The poker run event on September 14 will be held at The Bayard Rooster on Phillips Highway. Registration starts at 9 a.m. It's $10 per hand and that includes dinner. For more information contact Misty Sightler at 904-328-8206.
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