Police search for gunman who killed teen niece of Orlando city commissioner
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl.
Just before 1 a.m. on Sunday, the Orlando Police Department said officers responded to the Wawa on John Young Parkway and Silver Star Road after reports of a shooting.
When investigators arrived, they said they found a gunshot victim nearby, who turned out to be a 16-year-old girl. She was identified by police as Tavyiah King, the niece of Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill.
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Officials say King was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital where she died.
Commissioner Hill posted about her niece on Facebook, stating "My beautiful niece was murdered last night by a drive by shooter while catching a ride home from a teenager jersey party! She was a innocent angel took to soon. Please if anyone know anything about the shooting at Wawa on Silver Star and John Young please contact #OPD.......Pray for our family, she was only 16 years old."
She also said that her niece was an honor student who dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.
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A vigil is reportedly being planned.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting incident is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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