Family, friends mark 1 year Club Blu mass shooting anniversary

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Dozens circled around the former Club Blu on Monday to mark the one year anniversary of a shooting outside the facility that killed two teens and injured 18 others.

Stef’an Strawder, 18, and Sean Archilles, 14, were gunned down outside the Evans Avenue building following a teen party.

“We’re keeping the legacy going,” said Keith White, Strawder’s uncle. “This is another step, another way for my sister to have a little closure, keeping him in heart and mind, so this is important. The grieving process is forever.”

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

“We will not rest until we find individuals that are responsible for this,” said Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs.

Among those who were there Monday was Angela McClary, whose son was killed in 2014. She seeks to raise awareness for victims’ families through a local chapter of the nonprofit National Organization for the Parents of Murdered Children Inc.

“I believe they have to stop the silence and come forward in order for crimes to be solved or controlled or reduced,” McClary said. “It must be the community to come together and make that happen.”

Police have been stymied by a lack of information about what took place at Club Blu.

“Rest assured, and this is what i want the community to understand, rest assured, we are utilizing the full resources in the police department to bring these individuals to justice,” Diggs said.

The lack of justice has been frustrating, White said, but he’s eager to keep fighting.

“Sometimes you’d be surprised what’s under that rock if you kick it,” he said. “Sometimes you have to kick a rock and you might just solve something.”

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