Teen paralyzed in Sanford shooting dies; Still no arrests

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SANFORD, Fla. - A 17-year-old boy who was shot in Seminole County and paralyzed for months died in December following a complication from his injury, WFTV learned Monday.

Jamison Knight was shot in the neck while walking. He was only one block from his home near 13th Street and Mangoustine Avenue, which is close to police headquarters.

Channel 9 learned no arrests have been made in the case, but Knight's friend, Jovarius Blue, spoke out on Monday.

"We would just walk around talk to girls, have fun," Blue said.

Before he died, Knight told police the shooter was black and was driving a silver-and-gray car.

Knight's mother, Vickie Little, told Channel 9 last year she hoped that information would lead police to a suspect, but her story was overshadowed by the rallies and marches across the country for Trayvon Martin.

Blue said he thinks the Martin shooting pushed Knight's case to the back burner.

"I think so," he said.

Sanford police investigator Trekelle Perkins said it was a random shooting and the shooter remains at large.

"Why do you think nobody in the community was as outraged over this?" Channel 9's Tim Barber asked Blue.

"I think because they know who shot (Martin)," said Blue.

Little said the shooting happened after the family moved to Sanford to escape gun violence in Georgia. However, after Knight passed away, Little moved back to Georgia.

Blue said he wasn't expecting Knight to pass away so soon.

"I thought he was going to stay for a little longer," Blue said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477), and can remain anonymous.

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