Orange County

‘Why would somebody do this to my child?’ Family calls for answers after 19-year-old shot, killed

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The family of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed in Orange County is still seeking justice.

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The family of Raniyah Gandy gathered to address the media for the first time on Tuesday to ask the community for help in finding whoever murdered her.


Gandy was found shot inside a car on June 1 at an apartment complex on North Powers Drive near Silver Star Road.

Investigators said Gandy’s car was hit with dozens of bullets around 3 a.m.

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She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

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A Crimeline reward was increased from $5,000 to $10,000 earlier this month for anyone who can help law enforcement make an arrest in Gandy’s death.

“What happened on the morning of June 1 was not meant for my child,” Gandy’s mother, Chanta Parson, said Tuesday.

Parson said her daughter, who was a recent graduate of Jones High School, was visiting a friend at the apartment complex.

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The family’s attorney said they were told there was another person in the car with Gandy at the time of the shooting, but that person wasn’t injured. Deputies said it was a drive-by shooting.

“Why would somebody do this to my child?” Parson said.

The attorney said he’s investigating what happened that night and how the friend could have been in the car with Gandy but not get hit. He’s also looking into whether the apartment complex played a role in the lack of security and cameras.

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