FORT MYERS, Fla. - A heartbroken family speaks out for the first time after a 17-year-old girl was gunned down over the weekend. Police say Alexis Wilson was caught on the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Fort Myers. The alleged gunman, 19-year-old James Brown is behind bars.
Singing gospel, dancing and just being a goofball is how friends and family remember Wilson. "She loved the Lord. She was a very spiritual person," her mother Angela Williams said.
"She had a really good heart, one of the best I knew," a close friend who goes by "Smiley" said.
They both want the world to know who they lost. "A light has been dimmed since she's been gone," Williams said. "I never knew so many people could love someone. It's like she's famous."
Saturday morning, a car Wilson was in was targeted in a shooting at Winkler Avenue and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard. She was killed, two others were injured. Two days later, Fort Myers Police arrested 19-year-old James Brown, who goes by the nickname, "Baby J."
"Thank you, Jesus," Williams said about the arrest. "Thank you, thank you. I want to really give thanks to them because they really got on point with this and really didn't waste no time and really got this guy off the streets. I'm not mad at anyone, I don't wish nothing bad upon any one in their family because God has this."
While this mother's heart is broken, support coming from all over the community is helping to lighten the burden.
"As a community, we are all coming together to help this family," Jenery Colon said.
To raise money for a funeral, Colon is organizing a memorial event at Club Blu on Evans Ave. in Fort Myers on Saturday night, a place Wilson often went to dance. "Overall, she was very amazing and she was loved by a lot of people," Colon said.
If anything good can come from this, Alexis' friends and family hope it's change. "Young kids, I encourage you guys to do better," Smiley said. "Simple as that. Just do better because this has to stop."
The memorial event starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and is open to everyone 15 and up. You can bring donations there or to Boyd's Funeral Home on Martin Luther King Boulevard.