Florida family raising money for information on unsolved shooting of 17-year-old girl

The Florida teen's mother says she hopes the money can help find her daughter's killers

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A Florida teenager who had just been gifted a new car was looking forward to enjoying it. Instead, she was the victim of a still-unsolved murder while in her beloved vehicle.

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A family is demanding answers after 17-year-old Inandi Wyche was brutally shot to death in Jacksonville in March, according to ActionNewsJax. The teen was a student at Ribault High School when she was gunned down while dropping off a friend. Now, her family is offering a reward to anyone who can help solve the case.

“Somebody saw something and to lose her life — somebody shot up my child. Brutally murdered her, a young 17-year-old,” the teen’s mother, Monique Wyche said to the outlet.

Inandi Wyche (Wyche family)

The report says she was dropping off a friend in Sherwood Forest on Portsmouth Ave. in Jacksonville’s Northside neighborhood when two men in a grey car pulled up in front of them, got out of the car, and started shooting. Wyche died in the car.

On Thursday, the family gathered with First Coast Crime Stoppers and the Fraternal Order of Police near the location her daughter was killed seeking answers.

So far, the family has raised $14K as a reward for anyone who can help find Wyche’s killer. The goal is to raise $30,000 with the community’s help.

“She had a big personality, beautiful inside and out. Beautiful smile. And I’m honored to be her mother. I got some big shoes to fill,” Wyche said.

The First Coast Crime Stoppers hopes the funds raised can help find Wyche’s killers and help get other killers off the street.

“It’s just overwhelming, devastating,” Wyche said to First Coast News. “We’ve got to get these murderers off the streets and we’ve got to do it together. Not just for Nandi, for everybody.”

Wyche laments never getting to see her daughter accomplish her goals. After being interviewed by a Jacksonville news outlet at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony last year, and telling them she wanted a car, Inandi was thinking about a career in television, among other goals, according to People.

“[She was] a cheerleader, she was getting ready to run for Miss Ribault. She was contestant number six. She loved to laugh, have a good time,” her mother said.

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Anyone with information is asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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