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Man killed in drive-by shooting; family seeks help in solving son's murder

6:34 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Anthony Stinson, Jr., was walking outside of his family member's house when he was killed in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon. 

"I'm hurting. I mean I am hurtting," Anthony Stinson, Sr. said. "But, God keeps me going."

Stinson, 20, was leaving his grandmother's house when he was shot multiple times by a shooter in a passing car, according to police. 

"All I heard was shooting. When I got out of the door, he was on the ground," Connie Hicks, Stinson, Jr.'s grandmother told First Coast News. "He was a sweet baby."

The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. on the Northside near the intersection of 17th Street and Perry. 

Stinson was transferred to UF Health Jacksonville where he later died from his injuries. 

"I can't eat, I can't sleep. I (haven't) been in my bed since Friday night. It's just hurting me so bad," Hicks said.

A grey colored sedan was seen leaving the area but JSO is not sure how the vehicle may be involved.

Investigators have not tracked down any leads or witnesses to this crime and are asking for the public's help.

Elder Donald Foy, Chapter President of MAD DADS, said the family and MAD DADS met Thursday at the corner of 17th Street and Perry. They canvased the neighborhood, and passed out flyers hoping to get the community involved in helping to solve this case.

Stinson's father was profiled in First Coast News' "Hero Next Door" feature and is on a mission to restore peace in his neighborhood of Grand Park. He was chosen because of his work to encourage youth and bring an end to neighborhood violence.

"It will never change or stall the mission, because there are other people that need me," Anthony Jr.'s father told FCN. "That's my baby boy. Maybe, if I can save somebody else's baby boy, or somebody else's child so they don't have to go through what I'm going through."

Stinson, Sr. said he wants anyone who knows anything to step forward.

"To whoever done it, I hold no animosity, I forgive you. But, you're going to have to get dealt with with the Law," he explained.

When FCN checked with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for the latest on the investigation, we were told authorities do not have any suspects. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact First Coast Crimestoppers or 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact First Coast Crimestoppers or 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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