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What a sad, sad story!

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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Family, Friends Mourn Florida Teen After Grisly Murder

Apr 23, 2011 - 3:00 PM

Lisa Holewa

Lisa Holewa Contributor

Friends and family members today remembered a 15-year-old Florida boy who was allegedly lured by an ex-girlfriend to a house, where he was beaten and shot to death. After his body was burned in a backyard fire pit, his remains were hidden in paint buckets.

Five people have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Seath Tyler Jackson, including his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend Amber Wright; her boyfriend, 18-year-old Michael Bargo; and three others.

Jackson's family planned a memorial service for 4 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Summerfield to remember the teen, described by a former neighbor as a "spunky, bright kid."

An undated photo from a Facebook memorial page shows Seath Jackson, a 15 year old from Florida who was allegedly lured to a home by his ex-girlfriend where he was beaten to death by a group of teenagers.
An undated photo from a Facebook memorial page shows Seath Jackson, a 15-year-old from Florida who was beaten and shot to death last weekend.
"He always had a good comeback for you," Jesse Kedzorski told the Ocala Star-Banner.

Jackson's parents reported their son missing Monday, stating they hadn't seen him since the previous day and he possibly was a runaway. However, according to arrest affidavits released by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the mother of one of the suspects contacted them Tuesday and said her son had witnessed Jackson's murder.

"One of the suspects mentioned to his mother, 'He's not missing, he's dead,'" Marion County Sheriff's public information officer Judge Cochran told the Orlando Sentinel. "She, in turn, put him in the car and brought him to the Marion County Sheriff's office and that's when our detectives got involved more ... to round up all the suspects."

That boy, 16-year-old Kyle Hooper, was among those charged this week with first-degree murder. His sister, 15-year-old Amber Wright, also is charged with first-degree murder. Their stepfather, James Havens, 37, is charged with accessory after the fact. Havens is accused of helping to hide the body and driving Bargo out of town.

"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I was in the wrong place with all these kids. And I let these kids do something they shouldn't have," Havens told local television station 13 News.

A combination of four booking photos from the Marion County Sheriff's office shows four of the suspects being charged in relation to the murder of Seath Tyler Jackson. They are Charlie Ely, Justin Soto, James Havens III, and Michael Bargo.
Marion County Sheriff / AP
Clockwise from top left: Charlie Ely, 18, Justin Soto, 20, and Michael Bargo, 18, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Seath Tyler Jackson. At bottom left, James Havens III, 37, is charged with accessory to murder. Not pictured are minors Amber Wright, 15, and Kyle Hooper, 16, who also face first-degree murder in the case.
"I don't know what to say because I'm looking at a lot of years right now. I'm scared. I don't have freedom now. I lost everything now," Havens said.

Charlie Ely, 18, who lives at the house where Jackson was killed, and Justin Soto, 20, who lives with her, also are charged with first-degree murder.

According to the arrest affidavit, the five murder suspects were at Ely's home when Bargo "began to speak of his hatred" for Jackson.

"The conversation then turned into a plan to lure Seath to the residence so that Michael Bargo could kill him with the assistance of the other persons," the affidavit said.

Jackson's ex-girlfriend allegedly sent him a text message luring him to the house. There, Hooper and Soto attacked him, hitting him in the head until Bargo shot him multiple times, according to the affidavit. When Jackson attempted to flee, Soto tackled and restrained him, hitting him with an ax handle, and Bargo shot him about four more times, the affidavit said.

The boy's body was then placed in a bathtub, where Bargo is accused of breaking his knee caps, hog-tying him and placing him a sleeping bag.

According to the affidavit, "The sleeping bag containing the victim's body was then brought outside into the backyard of the residence and burned in a fire pit." The suspects later used a shovel to scrape the remains and ashes from the fire pit, placing them in several five-gallon paint cans which they left in a dumpster on the property.

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by Bronze sister on Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Yes, it's absolutely disgusting. I hope those kids that torchered and murdered that young boy NEVER find peace.

I hope they are abused and raped in jail. They don't deserve any mercy. This was premeditated murder. 

And all this because of jealousy or something stupid over that ugly bitch. 

by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM

omg jeanne,ughhh im do these kids have the balls to do that  to another human being..and that whore, his ex girlfriend, i dont even want to  say what i think should happen to her,because i will be bashed...unbelievable i swear.....

by Momma of 40ish on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:13 PM

 I saw this yesterday on the news and it broke my heart to think this young man was treated like this. And to think a father helped cover up the crime instead of turning the kids all in. This poor family has to live with the fact their son was burned after being beaten and shot. My heart goes out to his family.

As for the ones who did this I hope this hunts them every second of every minute and they get everything they deserve in jail. Thank goodness the mother took her son to the locla police station as soon as he told her and the others were arrested.

What drives kids to do this to another human?

by Dani <3 on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I just read this story earlier!  Broke my heart!!!!  That poor boy died in a hellish way and those murderers who are worse than animals, deserve to either die themselves (via Capital Punishment) or never see the light of day again!!!  I am sickened by what they did to that poor boy;-(  He reminds me of my nephew.  He looks alot like him.  I would be sooo horrified if anyone did this to someone in my family, that I would probably take the law into my own hands!!  Those poor parents............

RIP Seath Jackson!!!!

by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM

What drives kids to do this to another human being?                                       exactly dana, i dont get it....all this anger and aggression....and to actually do those things to this kid..its unthinkable...and that  jerk off of a parent to cover this  is that...he should be shot..ughhhh 

by 40ish hang out queen on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:26 PM

 I just don't understand how they could do this.  When I was their age I would have NEVER even thought of something like that.  And, don't remember anything like that happening either that bad...

Whatever happened to just breaking up and moving on??

I thinks it's because of the type of movies/video games/songs that they listen/see these days has just desensitized kids today.  Why do we need things like SAW?? so very sad

by Crazy LiL' Sister on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:45 PM

 They look like lost souls. My first reaction is to want to pray for them. 

by CakeChic on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM

 I have to disagree....they look like EVIL SOULS!!!!

by Fang Slayer on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:58 PM

I am so sad that we hear more and more of these horrific stories. I hope that they are all tried as adults and get the death penalty. However, nothing will bring back that young man. May his family find some closure and peace.

by Gold sister on Apr. 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM
This is absolutely disgusting and appalling.
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