THE MOTHER of a teenager killed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy earlier this month was shot by an unknpown gunman during her son’s funeral.
Guests gathered at Riverview Memorial Gardens to pay their respects to 18-year-old Sincere Pierce after he and friend Angelo Crooms were killed earlier in November by a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy in Titusville, Florida.
Since Pierce (pictured) and Angelo Crooms were shot and killed by police earlier in November[/caption]
People fled the funeral after Quasheda Pierce screamed that she’d been hit by a bullet[/caption]
But as the pastor finished his sermon and loved ones innocently placed flowers on the boy’s casket during the burial at Riverview Memorial Gardens, a single shot rang out before Quasheda Pierce screamed that she’d been hit by a bullet.
Florida Today reported how one person at the scene said mourners were at slow to react.
But when they realised what had happened, they began fleeing the scene in terror and rushing to nearby cars.
Friends and family members helped Quasheda Pierce into a minivan before ambulances arrived and rushed her to hospital.
However, the severity of her injuries are not known.
A Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the teenagers in Titusville, Florida on November 13[/caption]
Deputies carrying rifles arrived a short time later in response to multiple 911 calls. Investigations were ongoing and detectives remained on the scene on Saturday afternoon, according to the newspaper.
Pierece and Crooms were shot and killed on November 13 when Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda fired multiple shots into their car when the teens didn’t pull over.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who was also officer present, had said the deputies thought the vehicle might have been stolen.
But the distraight families of the teenagers and lawyer, Natalie Jackson, shave revealed the pair had permission to use the car and called it a case of mistaken identity.
Their deaths captured national interest, with well-known civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump working on behalf of the families in what he called a bid for justice.
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Ivey has released dash cam footage from the shooting that showed the teens pulling into a driveway after being followed by two sheriff’s cars without lights.
Crooms, who was driving, then backed out of the driveway and drove forward in the direction of a deputy, who, gun drawn, repeatedly shouted at the teen to stop the car.
The sheriff said in a Facebook post that the deputy “was then forced to fire his service weapon in an attempt to stop the deadly threat of the car from crashing into him.”