Gang Violence Claims Another Young Life


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Jan. 30, 2016/Jacksonville, FL– A 22-month-old toddler was killed after becoming a victim of a possible gang related drive by shooting on Friday night. According to Action News Jax, the toddler has been identified as Aiden Michael McClendon and he was sitting in a car with his mother and his grandmother at a home on Spearing St., which is  on the Eastside of Jacksonville, FL.  Suddenly, without any warning, bullets began spraying the car and the house.

As the first responders reached the scene, the toddler was still alive, despite being shot once in the shoulder and twice in the stomach area. According FCN, baby Aiden McClendon was the only person who was shot in this drive by shooting. The toddler was rushed to UF Health, where he immediately underwent life saving surgery. Unfortunately, the police announced to the public on Saturday that the adorable toddler died due to his injuries.

This senseless, yet violent tragedy has the family and police asking the entire First Coast Community to turn in the suspect or suspects. According to Action News Jax, the city leaders have agreed to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons that who killed this innocent little toddler. No one else was hurt in the drive by shooting, although the house and car were struck by a barrage of bullets.

This innocent baby lost his life, due to the senseless violence and the police has vowed that they are not going to rest until they have the person or persons that are responsible for this toddler’s murder.

According the FCN, Chief Tom Hackney said, “Turn these people in, they do not deserve to be walking the same streets that you and I walk.

The police believe that someone is the house was the actual target of this gang related shooting, but instead this toddler became the victim. According to Action News Jax, police say some witnesses have about a white car that sped away from the scene. However, there is no clear description of the suspected shooter or shooters or the car that they used. Some witnesses stated that a white car may be involved, but police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

References:

Action News Jax (2016) City Leaders Vow to find the Shooter of the 22-month-old killed in drive-by

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/city-leaders-vow-to-find-shooter-of-22-month-old-killed-in-drive-by/50440672

 

Action News Jax (2016) Jacksonville Toddler Dies After Friday Shooting

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/baby-dies-after-friday-shooting/50235274

 

FCN (2016) JSO: A 22-month-old Caught in the Middle of Gang Related Shooting Dies

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/crime/toddler-dies-in-shooting-near-sports-complex/25145455

 

Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim: Missing Since 1993


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Recently, the Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim missing person’s case took a drastic turn, when a skull was found by a construction crew. According to News4Jax.com, the police were dispatched on Dec 14, 2014, to the backyard of the home Bonnie shared with her husband Michael Haim, when the construction crew who was tearing out and old pool and found a skull. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has announced that the skull was in fact human, but they have yet to identify the remains.

According to New4Jax.com , Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim was reported missing on January 6, 1993 and she was subsequently declared dead in 1999. She was a 23 year old wife, mother, and a business woman. She was a native of Jacksonville, FL. and lived in a house on Dolphin Ave. on the River City’s north side. Bonnie had a beautiful smile, which has always captured the hearts of those she love and those who knew her in life.

However, now this smile has captured Jacksonville residents for two decades after being declared missing. This case went cold for over two decades, but not by those who loved and cared about her. According to New4Jax.com , her family has always believed that the husband had killed her, but they have to wait even longer to get closure in this case. She was a beautiful yet vibrant young woman, who loved her son Aaron. He was about three years old when she went missing and was presumed dead.

Many stories have come out about her son possibly seeing the murder of his mom and Michael Haim lost custody of his son. According to News4Jax.com , a civil judgment, was found liable for her death and asked to pay millions to the couple’s son and to Bonnie Haim’s estate. However, Michael Haim now lives in Tennessee and has refused to comment on the latest discovery. The family is looking to get justice for their loved one, who was taken from them over two decades ago. If you have any information, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers.

Reference:

News4Jax.com (2014) Remains Found at Missing Woman’s Home is Human

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on June 27, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/remains-found-at-missing-woman-home-are-human/30464092

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