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Thursday marks 3 years since deadly Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 08:19:24-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Thursday marks 3 years since the tragic Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers.

Two teenage boys were killed, and more than a dozen others were injured. Yet, not one single arrest had been made for the murders. However, Fort Myers Police have made arrests in connection to the shooting.

The case remains unsolved and detectives are desperate for tips. Right now, investigators are still left with far more questions than answers.

Family members are still trying to come to grips with what happened when gunfire erupted during a teen party at Club Blu.

Two young lives were lost on July 25, 2016 when shots spiraled outside the nightclub.

18 teenagers were injured. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Stefan Strawder and 14-year-old Sean Archilles were killed.

“My heart dropped because he is just a baby. It tore me up because I know this young man had the potential to be something great in life,” said Sean’s family friend, Erick Walker.

Sean had a heart for basketball and a desire to stop violence. Two years before the shooting, he was calling for justice in his community after a bullet pierced his home during a drive-by when he was 5 years old.

I don't want violence in the neighborhood. There's too much violence so I want that to stop,” said Sean.

Sadly, Sean then lost his life to the same issues he feared. His brother, D’Sean keeps his memory alive through an annual basketball tournament.

“We did everything together, played ball, hang out with friends, we were inseparable.”said D’Sean. “That’s what pushes me to the next level. Like in the game, you would not see me smile. You always see me with a straight face because I know I'm playing for a reason."

Stefan also had a love for the game and had a promising future playing basketball.

He was the ring leader of the group,” said Stefan’s basketball coach, Greg Coleman. “As soon as people found out Stefan was coming to the gym to work, all of them wanted to come in and work.”

Stefan’s goal was to one day play pro.

“He was that type of leader, that type of kid, everyone wanted to be like Stefan,” said Coleman.

As friends and family remember the loss of these teens, the shooter is still on the loose. Investigators are still looking for the people responsible for the deadly shooting. They believe there are several suspects involved.

Fort Myers Police said it’s still an active investigation, therefore cannot comment on the case.

If you have any tips, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.