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Update: Suspect targeted victim at Dollar General

3:48 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The press conference held by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 3 p.m. on Saturday revealed new details about the murder of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle. 

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According to JSO, the mother of Cherish said she met suspect Donald James Smith at the Dollar General Store at 1610 Edgewood Avenue West around 7:30 p.m.

According to JSO, Smith may have targeted the family. 

Smith initiated a conversation with Cherish's mother by asking her if she wanted a dress, according to the police report.

Smith said his wife had a $100 gift card for Walmart but the complainant needed to wait until she arrived to use it, but the wife never arrived. 

According to the police report, the suspect said they could meet his wife at Wal-Mart and Smith, the mother and three children, including Cherish, drove to the Wal-Mart shopping center at 12100 Lem Turner Road.

Smith later left the Wal-Mart with Cherish according to police.

She was later found murdered near a local church. 

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