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Dec 2007
        September 5th, 2009 05:28 PM        

Manatee County high school cheerleader shot dead


By HOWARD ALTMAN | The Tampa Tribune
and KEVIN WIATROWSKI | The Tampa Tribune

September 5, 2009

Her family called her Jazzy.

Jazmine Thompson, 17, was entering her senior year at Bayshore High School, where she was a cheerleader.

She wanted to go to the University of Central Florida, study law and become a defense attorney.

But that won't happen.

Thompson died Friday night after she was shot while sitting in a car with three other girls – two of them classmates – near Southeast High School.

Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said the shooting happened after Daniel Floyd Williams, 18, approached the car and struck up a conversation. Over time, the conversation became heated and Williams started waving a gun, according to Steube.

Soon, the gun went off.

Deputies say Thompson was shot in the head. Her friends drove several miles to her home on 32nd Avenue East and called 911. But it was too late.

When emergency personnel arrived, Thompson was dead.

News of her death traveled fast and far.

Her aunt, Adrienne Williams, got a call at her home in Tallahassee at about 11:15 p.m. Friday.

After dropping her two younger children with relatives, Williams packed up her son, Shawn, and her mother, Aretha James, and drove through the night to Bradenton.

"We jumped on the road and got here around 4:30 a.m.," said Adrienne Williams – no relation to the man deputies say shot Thompson. "We've been going ever since."

Thompson was an only child, said Williams. Her stepfather is in jail. Her biological father is not around.

Deputies are continuing to search for Daniel Floyd Williams.

"The bottom line is we're as outraged as the public about this guy and we want to get him," Steube said. "We want him right now,"

Steube is asking for the public's help to find Daniel Floyd Williams, who faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting.

"We have been hunting Mr. Williams most of the night," Steube said at a 1:30 p.m. press conference in Bradenton. "We haven't had success in locating him."

Steube said Williams has lived in Manatee County for about four years, but investigators didn't have a permanent address for him. Steube said investigators believe Williams' nearest relative lives in Philadelphia. They think Williams has lived with various girlfriends since moving to Manatee County in 2005.

Outside the cream-colored one-story duplex Thompson shared with her mother, family and friends gathered all day under a blue canopy in the front yard. Cars lined the narrow street and parked in the grass.

Bayshore cheerleaders left flowers and a poster that read "RIP Jazmine. We heart you."

Adrienne Williams said her sister does not have any money to bury Thompson. She said the sheriff's office has offered to put the family in contact with community groups that can help with Thompson's burial.

Thompson's fellow cheerleaders are going to have a fundraiser Sunday morning at the Mexicali Restaurant on Cortez road.

In a written statement, Bayshore High principal David Underhill remembered Thompson as a great student.

"The loss of one of our students is a tragedy of the worst kind," Underhill wrote. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the young ladies family and our school community shares in their grief. She was a great student here at Bayshore High and she will be missed by us all."

Standing outside Thompson's house, Shawn Williams described his cousin as smart and talkative, traits that make her a good cheerleader, he said.

"She was quite outspoken," he said.

Thompson is the second Bayshore student killed this year.

Last month, Dejuan Williams, who graduated from Bayshore High in June, was shot after he discovered his younger sister had two boys in the house without permission and confronted one of the teenagers in the backyard, Manatee County deputies said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 747-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.



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Jun 2009
        September 6th, 2009 07:45 PM        

Man accused of shooting cheerleader makes court appearance

The Tampa Tribune

September 6, 2009

BRADENTON - A Manatee County judge appointed a public defender to represent Daniel Floyd Williams, who is accused of shooting a 17-year-old cheerleader Friday night.

In a brief first appearance this morning, a shackled Williams, 18, said his mother may hire a private attorney. The judge assigned a public defender to handle the case until then.

Williams is being held without bail on a charge of second-degree murder.

He turned himself in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office about 10 p.m. Saturday, roughly 23 hours after Jazmine Thompson was shot while sitting in a car with three other girls near Southeast High School in Bradenton.

On Sunday, cheerleaders on Thompson's squad with help from parents and other students raised more than $3,500 washing cars to help pay for her funeral.

The slain teen's family doesn't have money to pay for the funeral, said Joe Martin, general manager of the Mexicali Border Café in Bradenton where the car wash was held.

Hundreds of people showed up to have their cars washed and make donations, said Debbie Capobianco, mother of Kristi Drobecker, a captain on the cheerleading squad. Lines stretched around the building. One person donated $200, Capobianco said.

Even students from other Manatee County high schools pitched in. They washed so many cars, the teens ran out of soap.

"People were just so generous. The community has been great," Capobianco said.

Organizers expect to give the family the money on Tuesday.

Thompson was with two classmates shortly after 11 p.m. Friday and had just picked up a friend who attends Southeast High School.

The shooting happened after Williams approached the car and struck up a conversation, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said. After the conversation became heated, Williams started waving a gun that went off, striking Thompson, who was sitting the back seat, according to Steube.

Thompson was shot in the head. Her friends drove several miles to her home on 32nd Avenue East and called 911.

By the time paramedics arrived, the Bayshore High School senior was dead.
The sheriff said Williams knew at least one of the girls.

Williams has lived in Manatee County for about four years, but investigators don't have a permanent address for him. Investigators believe Williams' nearest relative lives in Philadelphia, Steube said.

They think Williams has lived with various girlfriends since moving to Manatee County in 2005.

Thompson had hoped to attend University of Central Florida to study law and become a defense attorney.




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Aug 2007
        September 8th, 2009 04:55 PM        

Funeral set for slain cheerleader

Reported by: Victoria Benchimol

September 8, 2009

BRADENTON, FL -- The funeral for slain cheerleader Jazmine Thompson has been set. Family members say the visitation will be Friday from 6p-8p at the Happy Gospel Church located at 1915 53rd Avenue East in Bradenton.

Her funeral is set for Saturday although a time has not been set. She will be buried at Sky Memorial Gardens located at 5200 US Highway 19 in Palmetto.

Thompson, who was a cheerleader for Bayshore High School, was shot and killed Friday night when she was sitting in the back of a car near Southeast High School.

18 year-old Daniel Williams has been charged with her murder. Williams turned himself in Saturday night. Authorities have not released the motive of the shooting.




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Nov 2006
        September 13th, 2009 03:25 PM        

Family, friends say goodbye to slain Bradenton cheerleader



September 12, 2009

The name of the Bradenton church is Happy Gospel Center, but the occasion was anything but joyful.

And yet, the rain, usually seen as mournful, was cause for what celebration there could be for a cousin of Jazmine Thompson, who was shot to death last week.

"When I was a kid, we always grew up saying when it rained on somebody's funeral, you know they're going to heaven, and I'm just so happy because I just think of it that way," cousin Cynthia Rutledge said outside the church before Thompson's funeral.

A funeral for their sister is the last thing an older sibling and a baby sister should have to do at the young ages of 18 and 11.

Yet Kyra Thompson and her younger sister Rayna came to the church to say their goodbyes to their sister.

"She was a wonderful person. The man who took her life – he doesn't know the pain he caused," Kyra Thompson said as she held her little sister.

Manatee deputies say 18-year-old Daniel Floyd Williams fired four times into the car where Thompson, a Bayshore High School cheerleader, was sitting. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Area resident and ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, who chipped in $1,500 to pay for the cemetery plot, came to the funeral to pay his respects to "a girl who was doing everything right in her life."

Vitale said he is giving a check for $2,000 to Bayshore's principal on Monday to start two $1,000 scholarships – one in Thompson's name and one in the name of Dejuan Williams, a Bayshore graduate who was shot and killed Aug. 4.

The goal, he said, would be for others in the community to give money to the memorial fund to help send one male and one female Bayshore graduate to college.




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Jun 2009
        December 11th, 2009 07:28 PM        

Trial set for teen accused of killing Bayshore cheerleader

Dec 11, 2009

MANATEE COUNTY - A trial date is now set for the teen accused of killing a Bayshore High School cheerleader.

Daniel Williams made his second court appearance Friday. He is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jazmine Thompson in September.

The trial is set for August 9th. That means the victim's family will have to wait eight months before they see Williams inside of a courtroom again.

18-year-old Williams showed up in court for what the judge called, "A Management Session". Both Public Defender Jerry Meisner and Prosecutor Brian Chambers asked the judge for the latest possible court date, because both lawyers have other trials in the next months.

"We've discussed our schedules in the upcoming year but because of our current trial schedules I don't think it's realistic to put it before August," says Meisner.

Williams is accused of killing Thompson outside of Southeast High School. Thompson and two girlfriends drove to Southeast High School during an evening football game to pick up a friend. Witnesses told police Williams approached the car, walked away, and then fired four times at a car. Thompson was shot in the head.

Williams does have a mandatory docket appearance on July 28th at 9am.

Manatee County has seven first-degree murder cases going to trial in the upcoming months.



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