Family members gather to pay respects, call for accountability in deadly Eatonville shooting

Daniel Joiner, 36, pronounced dead after suffering multiple gunshot wounds

Family prays for strength after deadly shooting

EATONVILLE, Fla. – Family members of a victim in a drive-by shooting came together to pay their respects and call for accountability during a vigil Saturday.

“I love my son with all my heart and soul. I love all my children, but Daniel was my baby,” said the mother of 36-year-old Daniel Joiner, who died Friday.

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Multiple family members came together near the area of Deacon Jones Boulevard and West Kennedy Road.

It’s the same area where police on Friday say Joiner suffered multiple gunshot wounds from an apparent drive-by shooting. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Now, the family is remembering Joiner as the life of the party.

“Even in y’all sorrows, even in this time of sadness, remember he was always the happiness that kept us going, always remember,” one family member said.

Joiner leaves behind two daughters and a son.

They all want answers but during the vigil, they took the time to call the whole family together, urging each other to hold on to one another as they get through their pain.

“Find the lord, find him, find your heart, find your family let’s bring us together,” said a family member. “Ain’t nothing promised to us to this day, nothing, ain’t nothing promised to us to this day.”

The incident is still under investigation.

Police say the shooter or shooters are still at large, possibly driving a gray 4-door Infinity with a Texas license plate.

If you have any information about this, you are encouraged to call Crimeline at (407) 423-8477 to remain anonymous or contact the department at (407) 623-1303.


About the Author:

Brian Didlake joined the News 6 team as a reporter in March 2021.