16-year-old girl killed in shooting near Orlando gas station, police say

Victim ID’d as Tavyiah King, niece of Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill

The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Tavyiah King.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A girl died early Sunday in a shooting near a gas station on John Young Parkway in Orlando, according to police.

The victim was identified as 16-year-old Tavyiah King, the niece of Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill.

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The Orlando Police Department said officers arrived to the Wawa gas station at North John Young Parkway and Silver Star Road around 3 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of a shooting.

Officers said they found King in the 3600 block of Silver Star Road. She was then taken to a hospital, where she later died, according to police.

Details surrounding the shooting have not yet been released by authorities.

King’s mom, Alisha Rodriquez, said her daughter might have been dropped off there after she was shot last night leaving a party with other teens.

Rodriguez said King turned 16 in January and was a sophomore at Evans High School. Rodriguez is begging anyone who knows something about the fatal shooting to come forward.

“I miss her already,” Rodriguez said. “I miss my baby so much.”

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Rodriguez said King was leaving a party with friends, riding in a car when somehow it came under fire. Rodriguez said her daughter was not the intended target.

“She was almost home, and from what I’m hearing, someone shot the car she was in and she was the only one, unfortunately, (who) got hit,” Rodriguez said.

On Sunday, King’s family and community leaders came together to grieve and pray.

Hill said she and the rest of her family are begging for justice.

“I’m asking if you all can help me find the murderers of my niece,” Hill said.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.