Florida sheriff says ‘hybrid gangs’ could be responsible for three teenagers shot and killed in three separate incidents
A Florida sheriff said Tuesday that three separate incidents of teenagers being shot and killed may be related to “hybrid gangs” rather than a serial killer.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told reporters Tuesday about the latest developments in a bizarre series of murders in central Florida north of Orlando.
Layla Silvernail, a 16-year-old girl, was found dead by the side of a country road on Thursday. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where she later died.
The next day, a 17-year-old boy, who has not yet been identified, was found shot to death less than a mile from where Silvernail was found.
A day later, on Saturday, an unidentified 16-year-old girl was found dead in a Silvernail vehicle. The car was partially submerged and the girl was killed by a gunshot wound.
Woods said investigators did completed that the three teenagers were friends and were “together before the incident itself”.
He went on to say that the killings may be related to hybrid gangs, but he gave no further details on that lead.
“There is information that we are being given that there is the possibility of hybrid gangs and that’s about it. I can’t tell you who is connected, what gangs are connected to it or anything like that,” he added.
are hybrid gangs composed of gang members who are traditionally opposed to each other but temporarily work together to perform a criminal feat.
Woods then denied that a serial killer was involved and then took to social media to criticize people who were spreading rumors with no confirmed information.
“That is far from the truth. Now I have the facts of what we know now and I can give you that assurance, so don’t speculate on social media. Because one of the things I want each of you to think about and remember when you start typing is that there are family members out there reading it,” he added.
“And some of you do shit. And it’s devastating for this family and you have to stop,” he concluded.
He added that he has 15 detectives on the case.
The killings have rocked the small town of Ocklawaha, which has a population of just 1,500.
A GoFundMe Account was set up to fund Silvernail’s funeral expenses.
Woods vowed to build a case to convict and jail those responsible for the murders.
“We’ll get her,” Woods said. “Your ass will be right over there, in that prison.”
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