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St. Petersburg Police searching for persons of interest in homicide case

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 18, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg Police is asking for the public's help in identifying two men now considered persons of interest in the city's most recent homicide.

"I’ve cried until I can’t cry anymore," said Velma Newmon, the victim's mother. “I want to know who killed my son. I want justice for him."

St. Petersburg Police investigators say someone shot Roderick Jackson dead in the street. It happened Wednesday night along 7th Avenue South near 25th Street.

Investigators are sharing video surveillance showing two men riding bicycles near the crime scene during the time Jackson was killed.

“To murder somebody cold-blooded like that? That’s coward," said Jackson's brother, Jerrard Jackson. "That’s a coward thing to do.”

The 28-year-old shooting victim leaves behind two children. Family members say funeral arrangements are scheduled for Saturday in St. Petersburg.

“Now they have to grow up without knowing why their dad left them," said Jerrard Jackson. "Why this happened to their father.”

If you know anything about Jackson's death, contact the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.