ST. PETERSBURG - Police said Wednesday that an arrest has been made in the March 30 shooting death of K'Mia Simmons.
Tyron Jackasal, 20, was already in jail facing a robbery charge. He is now facing a 2nd degree murder charge as well, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Simmons was inside a vehicle when she was killed.
Chief Anthony Holloway said the next day that Simmons, who was not the intended target of the shooting, was holding her on-year-old daughter at the time of the shooting, and her two-year-old daughter was in the back seat.
Simmons was in the passenger seat of a car stopped at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and 22nd Street South.
“K’Mia was the most beautiful person that you could ever meet on the earth and such a dedicated mother. For her to be taken out the way that she was, I mean - its shameful,” K'Mia's mother, Linda Simmons, said. "“For something to happen to such a beautiful person like she is, you know, it’s just heartbreaking. I live second by second, moment by moment.”
As for the person now accused of killing her daughter, Simmons is calling for the ultimate punishment.
“I want to be able to look in his eyes as he suffers, as they - however they executive him. I’m calling for execution. Y’all want to know what would make me happy? That would make me happy."
K’Mia Simmons’ niece, Keilesha Frazier, mother, Linda Simmons, and sister, Lashawn Laster, addressed reporters from a family home in St. Petersburg Wednesday after it was announced an arrest was made in the 21-year-old’s death. (Spectrum News)