Daughter of victim killed in Parramore drive-by shooting says mother was 'my everything'

By: Lauren Seabrook , WFTV Web Staff

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The murder trial against two men accused in the 2016 drive-by killings of a woman and a 24-year-old non-profit worker in Parramore continued Thursday.

State prosecutors said Christopher Miller and Lavon Shinn shot into a crowd of people. The bullets hit six people and killed two innocent bystanders, prosecutors said.

Read: Murder trial underway in killing of nonprofit worker, mother

Speaking to Channel 9 Thursday, Ra'Shika Skeen, the daughter of Tanya Skeen, who was killed in the drive-by, recounted the moment when the shooting happened.

"I just remember her putting up groceries and just a bunch of gunshots," Skeen said. "(Then) me running over to her, just trying to get help."

Since that day, Skeen has been taking care of her younger sister and 8-year-old brother.

"She was my best. My everything," Skeen said of her mother.

During opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors described the night of April 16, 2016, when Gino Nicholas and Tanya Skeen were killed outside the Landings at Carver Park in Parramore.

Prosecutors said a fight broke out at Club Ono around 8 p.m. between Shinn and three other men, who were part of a group called One Way Boys.

Read: Orlando police arrest 2 in killings of nonprofit worker, woman

Shinn went home, picked up his brother, Miller, and got into a friend’s brown Malibu that was used in the drive-by shooting, a witness testified.

Read: Jury selection underway in trial for men accused of killing nonprofit worker, mother

Nicholas was a mentor for at-risk children for the city of Orlando’s program My Brother’s Keeper, in Parramore.

Ra'Shika Skeen said the loss of her mother went beyond just her family.

"When she came, she knew the whole neighborhood," Skeen said. "She kept kids, everybody knocking on my door. She knew people by names. She was always giving."

While it has been difficult to sit through the trial, Skeen said she hopes to see justice served to Miller and Shinn for the death of her mother.

"(She had) the biggest smile that would light up a room," Skeen said. "She was nothing but an angel with us. We harbor her memories and just keep living for her."

Miller and Shinn's trial was expected to wrap up by the end of the week, but officials now believe it will continue until at least Monday.

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