Sunday, May 19, 2024

Ybor City community and local officials come together to honor shooting victims at vigil


Mother of Ybor City shooting victim mourns loss, calls for action

The tragic shooting incident in Ybor City early Sunday morning has left families devastated and the community shaken. Brucie Boonstoppel, the mother of one of the victims, Harrison Boonstoppel, shared her heart-wrenching experience of losing her son in the senseless violence.

Brucie described the few rare moments of peace she felt since her son’s death, only to have it shattered when she learned the details of his injuries. Harrison was shot three times in the spleen, liver, and heart, leaving his mother in disbelief and deep sorrow.

The shooting, which resulted in the death of two individuals and injuries to many others, has sparked outrage and calls for action in the community. Tyrell Phillips, 22, has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 14-year-old boy, but no arrests have been made yet in Harrison’s case.

In response to the tragedy, Tampa City Council member Gwen Henderson proposed a curfew for businesses in Ybor City, while Mayor Jane Castor supported a juvenile curfew in the area. The incident has reignited discussions about the future of nightlife in Ybor and the need for increased safety measures.

Community members, advocates, and local gun violence prevention groups came together for a vigil and march to honor the victims and call for action. Gail Powell-Cope, an organizer with Moms Demand Action, emphasized the need for commonsense gun laws and prevention efforts to keep children safe.

As the investigation continues and authorities search for additional suspects, the community remains united in grief and determination to prevent such tragedies in the future. The impact of the Ybor City shooting has left a lasting mark on the community, prompting calls for change and support for the affected families.

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