Youngest teen killed in Club Blu shooting inspires fundraising t-shirt
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The youngest of two victims killed in a mass shooting at local Club Blu was a regular at All Around Promotions where he liked to get his nickname, All Mighty Zoe, printed on custom shirts.
The nickname was a celebration of 14-year-old Sean Archilles’ Haitian heritage.
“He liked to get his little nickname put on his shirt. He liked to get a crown put on like the top of his name. That was his thing,” said All Around Promotions owner Joe Simmons.
Archilles would walk several blocks to visit Simmons’ shirt printing business, which is located at 3614 Evans Ave. several doors down from Club Blu. Owner Joe Simmons said he never turned the young teen away.
“He used to want his shirt made like right then and there and it was kind of funny sometimes because he’d catch me right when I was closing and I’d be like ‘Man, when you want this shirt done?” Simmons said. “And he’d be like ‘Can I please get it today?’ and he would sit and wait for it.”
Archilles was killed Monday when at least one gunman opened fire on teenagers leaving a summer party. The people have been arrested as persons of interest, but their charges do not indicate any connection to the shooting, which claimed the lives of Archilles and 18-year-old Stef’an Strawder who played basketball for Lehigh Acres High School.
Simmons said Archilles also played basketball and that he often remembered telling the teen to earn good grades.
“He seemed like a regular cool kid. I would ask him how he was doing in school and he would tell me he played basketball,” he said.
On Tuesday, Simmons responded to the shooting by calling his employees together to make shirts memorializing both Archilles and Strawder.
“I called my employees and said you can be prepared to work a little harder this week,” Simmons said.
Half of the proceeds will be donated to the parents of the two teens killed. Simmons said it is a small show of his condolences.
“I know it will not help ease their pain any — no dollar amount can, but it’s a token that we want to extend to help our brothers and sisters,” he said.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has also created a donation pool for the victims of the Club Blu shooting.