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Bodies of two Florida teens, aged 16 and 17, are found on the side of the road

Bodies of two Florida teen boys, aged 16 and 17, are found on side of the road with gunshot wounds as police say their deaths were not a ‘random act of violence’

  • Police received a call about two deceased male teenagers Wednesday morning 
  • The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office identified the teenagers as Isaiah Nelson, 17, and Preston Nixon, 16, and both were Wildwood, Florida natives
  • They were found off County Road 219, close to an intersection with Highway 44
  • A cause of death has not been released, though the police believe that their killings do ‘not appear to be a random act’
  • Both victims had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds, according to police
  • It is believed that the victims may have known their assailant, per police 

Two teenagers were found dead in Wildwood, Florida on Wednesday morning with injuries that resembled gunshot wounds, police said.

The police received a call about the two deceased male teenagers at 5:08am on Wednesday morning.

They were found off of County Road 219, close to an intersection with Highway 44. The Daily Commercial reports that the intersection is close to an entrance ramp for Interstate 75. 

In a statement, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office later identified the teenagers as Isaiah Nelson, 17, and Preston Nixon, 16. Both teenagers were from Wildwood. 

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Pictured: Isaiah Nelson, 17

Preston Nixon, 16 (left) and Isaiah Nelson, 17 (right) were found dead in Florida on Wednesday

A cause of death has not been released, though the police believe that their killings do ‘not appear to be a random act.’

In the latest statement released on Thursday afternoon calling it a ‘brutal and senseless murder,’ police stated that both victims had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.

‘This is a tragedy and it has deeply impacted our community,’ Captain Jon Galvin said. 

Police also stated that they believe both victims may have known their assailant, though a spokesman for the Sherriff’s Office declined to share why detectives believe this with DailyMail.com. 

Police are actively seeking information from the community to help solve the case.  

Police received a call early on Wednesday morning reporting the two deceased teens

Police received a call early on Wednesday morning reporting the two deceased teens

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has released several statements on their investigation

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has released several statements on their investigation

Nelson attended Wildwood Middle High School until 2020, according to police. ClickOrlando.com reports that both students were being homeschooled at the time of their deaths.

The police stated that grief counselors would be made available in the school district to those impacted by the tragedy.

Police added that GoFundMe accounts were being started on behalf of the victims, although none appeared to be live as of Thursday afternoon.

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