As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made in the killings of Shaqoya Butler and Kenji Simeton, but changes have been made in the way the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office patrols the area, a lieutenant said.
The families of Butler and Simeton spoke publicly Tuesday, hoping their plea would lead to justice.
Investigators believe the shooters in both shootings are related somehow.
Shaqoya Butler was gunned down while driving in the area of Southwest 9th Street and Southwest C Street.
The next day, during a gunfight, Kenji Simeton was gunned down on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Since then, the sheriff’s office has made some changes in the way deputies patrol the area.
A lieutenant said they’ve changed their street team and the hours they work.
The department has also added different surveillance equipment in the city, which they aren’t elaborating on.
The lieutenant also said they’ve put more foot patrols in the high crime areas.
In the meantime, the families of Butler and Simeton hope the new efforts lead to an arrest in their case.
They know what’s needed most is some witnesses to come forward.
Investigators say they believe they are very close to making an arrest in the two shootings.
They just need a few more strong leads to put the pieces together.
If you have any information you’re urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
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