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Parents of teen slain at Tampa house party seeking justice

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - This a time of year when many college students come home and visit family and friends. But for one student, her quick trip home turned deadly.

Someone shot and killed Takiya Fullwood at a party in Tampa. Almost one month has passed since Fullwood died and since the shooter hasn't been caught, her parents will speak out for the first time Friday, begging for justice.

Eighteen-year-old Fullwood was a student at Florida Atlantic University. Police tell us Fullwood was shot while trying to leave a house party on Lake Avenue and 15th Street sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Fullwood grew up in Riverview and graduated from East Bay High. She was majoring in biology and was set to graduate early this spring. She had dreams of becoming a dentist.

Her uncle spoke exclusively with News Channel 8 and says he knows someone at that party saw something and he urges someone to speak up. 

“We will forgive you, we will forgive you. We pray that God somehow touches that person's heart,” said Darrick Fullwood.

Fullwood’s parents are expected to talk at 2 p.m. on Friday at their attorney’s office.


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