New details link teen to Boone High School student's shooting death

Deandre Florence not named suspect in death of Alejandro Vargas-Martinez

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - New details have emerged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Boone High School student who was slain while walking to school in December.

Alejandro Vargas-Martinez was shot to death around 6:40 a.m. on Dec. 18 on Waldo Street near Kaley Avenue.

According to court documents, investigators have linked Deandre Florence, 18, to the shooting, saying they're convinced he knows more information and was riding in a gray Mitsubishi that is a vehicle of interest in the case.

Florence told investigators that he was not involved in the shooting and had only heard about it from his friends.

Records show Florence gave investigators different stories about where he was the day of the shooting. 

In a recorded conversation between detectives and Florence, investigators told Florence to be honest.

They said, "I've already pulled your phone records" and "you try to get a phone off a boy and ah something went bad."

Detectives said they've got phone records, DNA, fingerprints and video surveillance to help them build their case.

Deputies have not named a suspect in Alejandro's death and no charges have been filed in the case.

In a statement, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said, "We work closely with all of our Central Florida law enforcement partners and often our cases and suspects cross jurisdictional lines. We can’t comment on the Alejandro Vargas case, which is still an open and active investigation, but our homicide detectives continue to work all leads diligently so we can ultimately bring justice to the Vargas family."

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Earlier this year, Alejandro's family members told News 6 they want justice.

"We don't know and that's what hurts the most," said Alejandro's aunt, Dolka Martinez.

Florence is currently jailed on a second-degree murder charge in a separate case.

Florence's mother told News 6 last week that her son's charges should be dropped in that case.

"Didn't have nothing to do with it. No gun. Didn't hurt nobody, no nothing. He was just there," said Kizzy McGee.                    

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