Police identify victim in Bradenton Homicide, 2 juveniles arrested

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Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:56 PM EDT
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BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB)- The Bradenton Police Department has released more information in a homicide investigation.

Bradenton police say a man was found dead in the late afternoon Tuesday at the Treesdale Apartment Complex located at 1818 MLK Avenue.

Officers responded to the 1800 Block of MLK Ave E for a report of a subject found in a vehicle. Once on the scene, they found 17-year-old Angel Villafranca of Bradenton, deceased in his car.

“There’s no excuse to take the life of a 17-year-old who had so much ahead of him," said Christopher Darlington, a parent whose son was best friends with Angel. "I have so much rage, anger sadness, everything running through my body because this kid was a one of a kind, the kindest soul you would ever meet. "He would give you the shirt off of his back”

BPD detectives and the Manatee County Homicide Task Force determined the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

Two 14 year-old males have been arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder. A $3000 reward is being offered for more information.

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