FORT MYERS, Fla. One man killed. Five people injured. A popular festival ruined.
And no arrests.
Two years have passed since the shooting at Zombicon that shook downtown Fort Myers, but the city appears no closer to cracking one of its most prominent unsolved crimes.
Most headlines in the case lately have come from courts.
City Council approved a $40,000 settlement last month in a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, who died in the shooting. Settlements of $7,499 were reached with two of those injured.
Pushing DaiZies, the organizer of the event, is facing multiple lawsuits from the surviving victims.
Scottsdale Insurance Company, which contracted with Pushing DaiZies, filed a federal suit in August claiming they’re covered by an assault and battery exclusion in the contract. Scottsdale asserts that whoever pulled the trigger did so intentionally, thus invoking the contract exclusion that would prevent the insurer from having to shell out any money to Pushing DaiZies or the victims.
City Council voted months after the shooting to end its relationship with Zombicon, which drew 20,000 to downtown in its ninth and final year.
Some “good information” has been given to authorities on the case, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Coordinator Trish Routte said a year ago. Detectives were doggedly seeking answers.
More than 100 security cameras were installed around downtown following the shooting with the idea of decreasing crime and helping to better identify suspects.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call police or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.
WINK News reporter Kim Powell has more: