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Orlando Police Make Arrest In Shooting Death Of 16-Year-Old Tavyiah King

Jacarious Jermaine Javonte Simpson (photo by: Orlando Police Department)
Jacarious Jermaine Javonte Simpson (photo by: Orlando Police Department)

Orlando Police have arrested a 18-year-old man they say was involved in the May 2 murder of Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill’s 16-year-old niece Tavyiah King. Jacarious Jermaine Javonte Simpson is charged with Third Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm. 

During an update on the investigation on Monday, Commissioner Hill talked about the impact of gun violence. She said, "A bullet has no name. And when it travels and hits a person, it just does not hit one person to kill one person. It kills many dreams and hopes for those communities in the people that love them."

Detective Annemarie Esan said during a press conference that  information from the people in the community made this arrest possible. "So in this case, I think when you're talking about 16 year old juveniles doing nothing wrong other than like their friends, trying to get home. I think it does pull on people's heartstrings and they try to do the right thing," said Esan.

Commissioner Hill said her niece was getting a ride home from friends when the car came under fire near a Wawa in West Orlando earlier this month. OPD said the investigation is still active as they look to make more arrests in this case.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.