ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
Jeremy Mayers went to college, worked, and wanted to write music. But his family said his dreams died when he started speaking to a girl -- a girl he thought was 20-years-old.
"He had talked to her on Facebook and other means of communication. He did not know her to the point he thought he would be writing to a killer. He thought it would be a decent OK person," said aunt Martha Henderson.
That girl was 16-year-old Brittany Detwiler.
Detectives said Detwiler and her 16-year-old friend Scionti Hill had sinister motives.
Police said they lured Mayers to a house on Sea Robin Drive with plans of robbing him at gunpoint.
They fled the scene with Mayer's cell phone, wallet and car. His green 2000 Chevrolet Impala, Fla. tag # X26 7AP is still missing.
Mayers was found shortly after 5 a.m. by police who were investigating an unrelated accident nearby. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly before 6:30 a.m.
"We know during the course of a struggle he was beaten and choked. He was left on the front lawn, " said St. Pete Police spokesperson Mike Puetz.
For Henderson, trying to be positive proves challenging. She said the family is extremely close and are feeling a myriad of emotions.
"Torment, pain, disbelief, anger frustration over this senseless senseless murder."
Police said they are still investigating.
The suspects face first degree murder charges.
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