SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. — Sumter County deputies said they believe the two teenagers who were found dead on the side of a road on Wednesday may have been shot and killed by someone they knew.
Cpt. Jon Galvin said the bodies of Isaiah Nelson, 17, of Wildwood, and Prestin Nixon, 16, were found on the side of County Road 219 south of County Road 44A after 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Galvin called their deaths a “brutal and senseless” murder.
“These two young men have been robbed of their chance to live their lives, having been senselessly taken from their families,” he said.
Glavin said Nelson had friends and family who attended Wildwood Middle High and Elementary. He said grief counselors are on campus to support any students in need.
Galvin said he believes the teens may have known the person who shot and killed them and is asking for the community’s assistance to help them identify the shooter.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621, or to remain anonymous, Crimeline at 800-423-8477.