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Family members of 16-year-old Cape Coral murder suspect bond out of jail

They're accused of witness tampering involving the murder investigation of Kayla Rincon-Miller.
Shanice Stewart Christopher Horne Varaka Stewart
Posted at 6:57 PM, May 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-11 18:57:54-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The three family members of Cape Coral murder suspect, 16-year-old Christopher Horne Jr., bonded out of jail.

Horne's mother Shanice Stewart, his aunt Varaka Stewart and father Christopher D. Horne, are being charged with tampering with a witness of a murder investigation — the murder of Kayla Rincon-Miller. Varaka and Horne's father bailed out on May 11 while his mother bailed out on May 10.

Rincon-Miller was killed on Saint Patrick's Day in Cape Coral. Police say more suspects are expected to be arrested. So far, they have arrested 16-year-old Thomas Stein and Horne for the crime.

Police say they threatened Stein's mother during the murder investigation.

Cape Coral Police released the following about the arrest of the three family members:

"On March 18, the day after Kayla’s murder and the day before Thomas Stein was arrested, a small white car arrived at the victims home. Christopher Horne (“Buster”) was recognized as friend of Stein. Buster was with an adult Black female and male.

The two adults were later identified as Shanice Stewart and Christopher Horner - who both live in Cape Coral.During a conversation that followed, the female said she was Horne’s mother and the man his father.

The couple told the victim that Horne and Stein were involved in the murder of Kayla Rincon Miller the night before, then advising the victim to follow them and bring Stein.

The victim and Stein followed the suspects in a car where they ended up in the Gator Circle area.That is where the victim and Stein were threatened to keep quiet and not cooperate with law enforcement.

Horne then brandished a pistol while making the threats. The victim was also treated by another woman later identified as Varaka Stewart - the sister of Shanice Stewart and the aunt of Christopher “Buster” Horne.

The victim says they were threatened repeatedly that if they didn’t comply and remain silent, they would be killed.Thomas Stein was arrested the next day and victim reported that the same women arrived at her house.

The women told the victim to keep quiet and keep Stein quiet.The victim was promised money to keep quiet.Between March 25, 2024 and April 17, 2024, the victim says she received a number of phone calls.

During those calls, the female caller, believed to be Shanice Stewart, implored the victim to keep quiet and not to cooperate with law enforcement and assure that Thomas Stein did the same.

Police say the caller threatened and intimidated the victim - indicating she had people on the inside and the outside that could get to them. During one call, the caller thanked the victim for protecting her 'baby.'"

All of the family members are due back in court for arraignment in June.

CONTINUING COVERAGE: THE MURDER OF KAYLA RINCON-MILLER