Sister accepts murdered brother's high school diploma

Bailey Zylo, 19, killed in January home invasion robbery

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - The senior class of Lake Weir High School jumped to their feet Friday night when the name of Bailey Zylo was read at graduation.

Marion County sheriff's investigators said Zylo, 19, and his stepfather, Andy Fockler, 38, were both shot and killed in a home invasion robbery that happened in January at their Weirsdale home.

On Thursday, investigators announced the arrests of 19-year-old Emmanuel Tuggerson and 20-year-old Isaiah Richard. They are being held on first-degree murder charges.

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On Friday night, Zylo was supposed to graduate from high school. Instead, his sister, Daysha, walked across the stage in his honor and accepted his diploma.

"Do you see the tears?" asked his aunt, Natasha Johnson. "It should be him. He's here."

Johnson said the ceremony was very bittersweet.

"I'm going to be screaming Bailey's name and letting off balloons and just hooting and hollering," she said. "I'm going to let the good come out because right now -- tonight -- is for the good, not the bad."

Zylo's family told News 6 that even during what was supposed to be a happy event -- a high school graduation -- both suspects accused of Zylo's murder are in the back of their minds.

"I hope they rot in hell. They took this away from us. They took everything away from us. For what reason?" she asked.

Marion County sheriff's investigators are tight-lipped about a possible motive in the killings.

Zylo's family said they're just glad the two men are behind bars.

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