Community calls for end to violence after teen shot, killed
Contondre Bryant found shot, killed Monday afternoon
APOPKA, Fla. – A crowd of broken hearts met in the churchyard where 18-year-old Contondre Bryant was found shot and killed Monday afternoon.
"I have no child. He's gone. It's senseless, for what? Nothing. How do I tell a 3-year-old that she's with, that she has no more brother. You know what I had to tell her? Your brother has gone to heaven," said mother Tonya English.
His mother pleaded to the youth to stay out of trouble, lighting candles for her son and asking people to come forward with anything they know. English said this is the second time Dre has been shot, but this time he didn't make it.
"Start telling when crimes go to happening, this is y'alls community, stand for something. Do not allow this to just happen in y'alls community," English said.
The shooting was reported after 2 o'clock on Old Apopka Road and 13th Street. Detectives said there were multiple witnesses but they're receiving limited information.
"A lot of citizens do not see the police as friends, and vice versa -- the Police Department may not understand the culture of the community," Pastor Hezeliah Bradford said.
After the vigil the family invited everyone to attend a community meeting. There, community leaders from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Apopka Police Department and city addressed the violence and lack of cooperation in the area. Many were pushing for a community task force to bring down crime.
"If the community would come forward and say i see somebody that looks suspicious out there or i think the guy is dealing drugs that gives us the ability to go out and make those arrests," said Bryant Nelson, Orange County commissioner.
Bryant's killer is still out there. If you have any information that can help this case call Crime Line or the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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