WATCH: Cocoa Police Detectives Seek New Information on Third Anniversary of Unsolved Homicide

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Jonte Thomas, 36, was shot on December 9, 2016, and died on May 1, 2017.

WATCH: Detectives with the Cocoa Police Criminal Investigations Division continue to investigate a three-year-old homicide and hope witnesses come forward with new information. Jonte Thomas, 36, above, was shot on December 9, 2016, and died on May 1, 2017. “We have collected physical evidence and interviewed multiple witnesses in this investigation, but we still have a lot of unanswered questions,” said Detective Anthony Colombo.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Detectives with the Cocoa Police Criminal Investigations Division continue to investigate a three-year-old homicide and hope witnesses come forward with new information.

Jonte Thomas, 36, was shot on December 9, 2016, and died on May 1, 2017.

According to police, during the early morning hours of December 9, 2016, Thomas and two others were returning home from celebrating Cocoa High School’s State Championship victory which occurred on the evening of December 8, 2016.

Thomas was driving a white Chevy Impala with two passengers. As they drove north on Fiske and turned left onto Mitchell Street they heard gunshots.

Detectives with the Cocoa Police Criminal Investigations Division continue to investigate a three-year-old homicide and hope witnesses come forward with new information. Jonte Thomas, 36, above, was shot on December 9, 2016, and died on May 1, 2017.

Thomas was struck and the passenger in the front seat attempted to render aid as two more shots were fired.

The other passenger fled the vehicle in fear for his life. He later returned to provide information to detectives about what he witnessed.

Detectives obtained video of the suspect vehicle which appeared to be a white Nissan Altima or Maxima, or similar vehicle.

“We have collected physical evidence and interviewed multiple witnesses in this investigation, but we still have a lot of unanswered questions,” said Detective Anthony Colombo.

“We are hoping witnesses come forward with new information, regardless if they think it might be irrelevant, it could be the missing link we are looking for.”

Jonte Thomas was driving this white Chevy Impala with two passengers. As they drove north on Fiske and turned left onto Mitchell Street they heard gunshots.

On the third anniversary of the shooting that killed her son, Anita Gibson continues to hope for a resolution to the case and that her son’s killer is brought to justice.

“I forgive the shooter and I forgive his family and friends for harboring a murderer,” Gibson said.

“I am a God-fearing woman and I know God will not allow this murder to go unpunished. If you know something about the shooting, please come forward.”

There is a $5,000 reward offered through the Central Florida CRIMELINE for information in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous.

Jonte Thomas, 36, was shot on December 9, 2016, and died on May 1, 2017. There is a $5,000 reward offered through the Central Florida CRIMELINE for information in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous.
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