Pensacola NAACP speaks out after teens arrested for murder

Northwest Florida

Escambia County sheriff’s deputies were back at Oakwood Terrace Apartments Friday as they search for the third murder suspect, 18-year-old Demetrius Caesar. 

Vincent Winchester and Kelijah Watson have been arrested and charged with murder. 

Community leaders gathered outside the apartments on Truman Avenue Friday morning and they are upset about another deadly shooting within a week. 

“Stop the violence,” NAACP 2nd VP Ellison Bennett said. “Put the guns down. We don’t have to live like that.”

The NAACP Pensacola branch is speaking out after a 16 and 17-year-old have been arrested and another suspect is on the run in the shooting death of 18-year-old Abel Kane. 

“Either they’re dying or they’re going to the penitentiary,” NAACP President Rodney Jones said. “Something has to stop. Somebody has to say enough is enough.”

They want more people including parents to get involved. They want to see more community centers with counseling services, computers and activities for teenagers. 

“If the community as a whole continues to be silent, this will continue,” Bennett said. 

Laura Merritt is a community activist and she wants a plan in place with solid ideas to keep the teenagers and young adults off of the streets and to keep guns out of the wrong hands. 

“What is the next step?” Merritt asked. “What step are we going to take next to stop the gun violence in Escambia County and other places in Pensacola?”

If you know where Caesar is, you’re asked to call (850) 433-STOP.

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