Winter Garden police arrest 13-year-old suspect in deadly shooting

James Bacon, 25, killed along West Crown Point Road

Authorities say a 13-year-old Winter Garden murder suspect has turned himself in.
Authorities say a 13-year-old Winter Garden murder suspect has turned himself in.

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – A 13-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting a 25-year-old man Thursday morning turned himself in to Winter Garden police.

Investigators responded to the shooting along West Crown Point Road at Edgeway Drive around 2 a.m. and found a man shot.

Police said James Bacon, 25, was walking north on South West Crown Point Road when he encountered 13-year-old Vamari D. Bostic and they got into a dispute. Police said Bostic shot Bacon in the torso and fled the area.

Bacon was rushed to a hospital, but died a short time later. 

Police said it's believed Bacon and Bostic were involved in an ongoing dispute, but no other details have been released.

Police said they obtained a warrant for first-degree murder for the 13-year-old, who turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

Kendrick Bacon said his younger brother was working to get a job and make a better life for him and his son. 

"He just wanted to change his life, get back on track, take care of his son. That's all he wanted was to get back on track and take care of (his) son," Kendrick Bacon said.

Bacon's mother was driving from Georgia after her son's death. 

"I wish I could see his smile, just hug him and let him know that I love him," Kendrick Bacon said. "To whoever did this, I just want to let them know I forgive, but I will never forget."


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