Teri Rawls' murder case is eerily similar to the shooting death of family friend Naomi Clyburn

SARASOTA, Fla - Teri Rawls and Naomi Clyburn grew up just blocks apart in Sarasota.

The 17-year-old and 22-year-old were both cheerleaders at Riverview High School just years apart. Clyburn was the school's first black cheerleader.

Both women ended up being shot to death just three years apart.

The eerie similarities of the cases does not end there. The women's families happen to be close friends and will join together again Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil to mourn a life cut short.

"We were just holding each other's hands bonding while the mom prayed," said Crystal Clyburn, Naomi's aunt.

Clyburn told ABC Action News she comforted and is helping Teri's family cope with this tragedy. 

"You get over the death and do a service or whatever, but that pain, the stinging from the pain will always be there," she explained.


Teri's murder brought back painful memories for the Clyburn family. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011, Naomi was gunned down in front of her home during a drive by shooting near 30th Street and Leon Avenue .

"It's like it just happened this morning," said Naomi Stackhouse, Naomi's grandmother. "It just brought it right back so fresh to my memory."

Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including Naomi's cousin. All four survived.

Sarasota Police found the Chevrolet pickup used in the shooting abandoned on Cocoanut Avenue.

Still, no suspects were ever named in the Army specialist's murder.

Her family is still hopeful closure will come and are now raising Naomi's daughter, who was just 7-months-old at the time her mother was killed.

"We all keep pictures of Naomi in our phones, so Nayari her daughter, can look at her mom and knows how to pull up the pictures on the phone," Stackhouse explained.

The lead detective on Naomi's case declined to speak with ABC Action News on camera. However, he did say the investigation remains very active and this case is in no way cold.

"I just want justice," Clyburn said.

This is the second murder in the Clyburn family. Five years ago, Clyburn's son was shot to death.


Rawls was shot about 2 a.m. Monday in a parking lot near the Royal Palms Theatre in Oneco, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the shooting did not involve the theater, and the large parking lot is a popular gathering spot for young people.
The high school junior and member of the cheerleading squad was with a group of people when an argument broke out and gunfire followed. Investigators have not described in detail how the shooting unfolded but did say the teen was struck by a stray bullet.
"Everything that happened to Naomi, same thing happened to Teri Rawl, innocent person and somebody with a gun killed her," Stackhouse added.
Teri's case is different in one aspect. There are already two teen suspects in custody.
Jasper Dudley, 19, of Bradenton, and Frank Brice, 19, of Palmetto, are both charged with second-degree murder.
On Tuesday, a judge set bond at $1 million for each suspect.
In court, Teri’s father said he didn’t think any bond should be set for the suspects, “because it could happen again. [They’re] just running around with guns acting crazy.”
But the evidence isn’t clear yet.
And the victim’s mother was not the only grieving mother with an opinion about what occurred.
"On behalf of my son," said Edna Brice, "God has not showed me that he actually is the one who shot this child. But my compassion for the family do go out towards them."
A candlelight vigil will be held tonight a Rawls mother's house off Orange Avenue in Sarasota.
It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stackhouse dropped off dozens of candles for family members and other mourners to use. She also plans on bringing a strong message to parents tonight that gun violence in the area has to be stopped.
"If our parents would reach out to their children, especially if you know they are carrying guns, having guns in the home, if you can't talk to them, find a way to get these guns from these teens," Stackhouse said.
She is also urging parents to reach out for help.

"It takes a community to raise a child and let somebody else help you with your child. Don't be so defensive when someone tells you something about your child because it might save a life and that's what we need to do, save more lives."
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