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South Sumter High School mourns murdered member of senior class

South Sumter High School is reeling after the murder of one of its students.

A makeshift memorial has been set up under a large oak tree outside the school in honor of David Lyons Jr., a senior.

The 19-year-old was fatally shot Monday at the intersection of Missouri Avenue and North Warfield Avenue in Wildwood.

A memorial has been set up in honor of David Lyons Jr., a student at South Sumter High School.

“This is a very difficult time for us,” said Principal Christine McKinney. “All of us are grieving this tragic loss.”

David Lyons Jr.

The Wildwood Police Department is looking for information from the public as the investigation continues into Lyons’ death.

If anyone has information regarding Lyons’ death, they are asked to contact Detective D. Clarkson at (352) 661-0888 or [email protected] and reference case number WWPD20OFF000378. Those with information can also call Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)

A special crisis support team has been set up at South Sumter High School. School is not in session due to the Coronavirus crisis.

“Please be aware that children may experience strong feelings in response to this tragedy, including sorrow and depression as well as anger and fear,” the principal wrote in a letter to parents. “Your child may have a special need, at this time, for your comfort and support; please try to be available to listen to him/her.”

A candlelight “visual” service is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. The service is being handled by Signature Memorial Funeral & Cremation Services.

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