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Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Candles and stuffed animals mark the spot on Haines and 31st streets where a young woman's body was found nearly a week ago.

Kalil McCoy's family says it's her, and they are planning the 19-year-old's funeral. The crime is unsolved.

"I worry about her safety," Alice Williams said of her 5-month-old niece she was holding in her arms.

SLIDESHOW: McCoy Vigil

Williams is from the area. She already worries about her little niece. And some say there is a good reason for that.

"Black women are being targeted by black men," said Mikhail Muhammed, Kalil McCoy's uncle.

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a very emotional vigil for family, friends and neighbors of 19-year-old Kalil McCoy. McCoy's body was found Tuesday after last being seen with friends at Kooker Park on Sunday.

Gallery: Kalil McCoy pictures

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has called this a murder and is investigating.

The family held a vigil Wednesday at the spot where McCoy's body was found, in a ditch just outside of her mother's daycare business.

"I'm not going to let my daughter's death go in vain," said Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother.  "We're going to make it mean something."

Witnesses say McCoy was last seen getting into a dark car at the park.

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three local law enforcement agencies believe the same suspect committed armed robberies in their various jurisdictions: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Park Police Department.

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

Local Sears Stores Victimized by Pressure Washer Thieves

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Detectives are looking for two suspects believed to be in possession of several pressure washers that aren't theirs.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a customer at the Orange Park Mall Sears notified employees that two people were loading pressure washers into a Lincoln Town Car at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Upon reviewing surveillance video, detectives saw the suspects wheeling two display models out of the store and loading them into the car before driving off.

The washers have a value of $559.98.

An employee said the Sears at the Avenues Mall reported a similar incident Monday, with the same type of car and matching descriptions of the suspects.

If you know anything that can help in the investigation, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Couple from Georgia Held up in Parking Lot of Local Hotel

Couple from Georgia Held up in Parking Lot of Local Hotel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JSO detectives are on the hunt for an armed robber who held up a couple from Georgia at an area hotel.

Police said the couple were unloading their luggage into their car at the Embassy Suites on Baymeadows Road when a man armed with a gun came up and forced them to drive him to an ATM.

According to the police report, the man had a bandana covering his face. 

The report also notes the suspect forced the husband and wife, who are from Columbus, Georgia, to drive to the Bank of America on Baymeadows.

The couple told police the suspect said he needed the money because his mother has cancer.

The suspect forced the husband to withdraw as much money as he could out of his account.

Police say the suspect made off with $600 from the ATM and $350 in cash the couple already had on them.