VIDEO UPDATE: Cocoa Mother Pleas For Community’s Help To Find Her Son’s Killer
By Space Coast Daily // June 22, 2017
Incident Occurred on December 9 at around 3 a.m.
ABOVE VIDEO: On Wednesday, June 21, Ms. Anita Gibson spoke to the media about her son’s murder. This is the complete interview with follow up questions including comments from Detective Anthony Colombo and Councilman Clarence Whipple who is a friend to Ms. Gibson.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are seeking new information in a December 9 deadly shooting that left a man wounded, whom later died on May 1, as a result of his injuries suffered during the shooting incident.
The victim was identified as 37-year-old Jonte Thomas.
According to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department, during the early morning hours of December 9, Thomas and two others were returning home from celebrating Cocoa High School’s State Championship victory.
As they turned left onto Mitchell Street, from Fisk Blvd., gunshots rang out. Thomas was struck and the passenger in the front seat attempted to render aid as two more shots were fired.
The other male passenger fled the vehicle in fear for his life, but later returned to provide information to detectives about what he witnessed.
Police detectives say they obtained video of the suspected vehicle which appears to be a white Nissan Altima or Maxima, or similar vehicle, according to police.
Around a week following the Cocoa shooting, another shooting occurred in the Palm Bay area which involved Thomas’ son who had witnessed the shooting, but was not injured.
Cocoa Police detectives have been working with Palm Bay Police to see if there may be a connection to the Thomas homicide, said Martinez.
“We need information that can help us put all the pieces together,” said Detective Anthony Colombo.
“It’s important for anyone that has information to come forward in order to bring justice in this case.”
Anyone with information that can help solve this case is asked to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $5,000 in this case.
ABOVE MAP: December 9 incident occurred when the victim’s vehicle turned on to Mitchell Street, from Fiske Blvd, in Cocoa.