GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) — A teenager has been arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder from the shooting that happened March 9th.
James Eugene Boykins Jr., 19, was captured in connection to Saturday’s shooting at the 8th Avenue Food Store.
Police are not releasing how the shooting started, but officials believe Boykins shot and killed a victim Montez Davis, and shot a woman nearby.
Boykins is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and will now be held in the Alachua County Jail.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) There has been an arrest in the weekend murder in Gainesville. Police have arrested 19-year old James Boykin Jr. for the murder of Montez Davis and attempted murder of another woman.A vigil was held for Montez Davis where we spoke with community members who voiced a need for change.
The candlelight vigil was not only to mourn more senseless loss of life, but community members say it was also a way to show the family of Montez Davis and others who have lost family members to gun violence that there is love in the community if you choose to look for it.
Seen here is James Boykin Jr. who was arrested late Thursday afternoon by Gainesville police and U.S. Marshals. Police say during the early morning hours of Saturday he drove past the 8th Avenue food store and shot at multiple people killing one and injuring another. Now community members say theyve had enough of the gun violence.
Daphina Williams is the Regional Director for the “Dont take my life, let me live” organization, at the vigil she said, “we must do something, we need to make a difference were losing our children. Not just black children but children and we need to make a difference as parents and people.”
Tyra Edwards who goes by “Ty Loudd” is a community activist who said, “these are our streets and our community and we lost loved ones due to violence. So we came here today to mourn our loved ones, today was showing the families that we care, showing the communities that we care. Just showing love, this is about love, its not about anything else.”
There was also a call for change. Not just among those who live in the area but to anyone who wants gun violence to stop.Williams said, “lets make a difference, lets make a change, put yourself in the way, get out and about. You know I hear church folks say theres church, but you know church is also outside of the walls.”
And some say there are plenty of reasons why young people turn to guns mostly from lack of opportunity and hope.Ty Loudd went into detail. “Well first we need to understand that theyre in pain, okay and when you live in underserved communities such as Duval, Majestic Oaks, such as any other underserved communities right you have hurt and you have pain. We have no power. We feel like we have no power to change our communities so actually when we have things in our hands like guns you know we feel a little bit of power.”
Police provided no insights as to a motive in the shootings. Boykin Jr. has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The second victim, a woman who police say was shot in the chest is still in the hospital.