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Arrests Made in 2016 Club Blu Shooting

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Lee County Sheriff Carmin Marceno announces arrest of Club Blu shooting suspects

Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs and Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced Wednesday that five people have been arrested in connection with the Club Blu shooting that killed two teenagers and injured 14 others in 2016.

Through a collaborative effort involving the FMPD, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Service, arrest warrants were served in a span of just 15 minutes.

According to State Attorney Amira Fox, Demetrious O’Neal, Derrick Leon Church, Tajze Akir Battle, Kierra Kashayla Russ, and Don Dontrill Loggins were all taken into custody.

Each defendant has been charged with two counts of second-degree felony murder, which is punishable by up to life in prison, and one count each of conspiracy to commit murder, also a second-degree felony.

The Club Blu shooting occurred at a teen dance in Fort Myers in July of 2016. Lehigh Senior High School student and prominent basketball player Stefan Strawder and 14-year old Sean Archilles were killed in the mass shooting.

Police Chief Diggs listed the addresses where detectives found weapons believed to have been used in the shooting and encouraged anyone with more information to come forward. There is a $20,000 dollar reward being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction. Tipsters can call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.