Second teenager, Gabriel Waisanen, arrested for murder of Me’Kel Queen, 15

By | October 16, 2023

A second teenager, Gabriel Waisanen, has been arrested in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Me’Kel Queen in Jacksonville, Florida. Waisanen is facing charges of murder and armed robbery. Another teenager, Bobby Dann, was previously arrested in connection with the case.

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Me’Kel Queen in Sandalwood, Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identified Gabriel Waisanen, also 15, as the second suspect in the case. Waisanen is facing charges of murder and armed robbery. This comes after the arrest of Bobby Dann, another 15-year-old, who was the first teenager charged in connection with Queen’s death.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, investigators found a “wide range of evidence” connecting Dann to the crime, leading to his arrest last month. Waisanen was also identified as a suspect during the investigation, but an arrest warrant was not obtained until Friday.

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Police have stated that Waisanen planned and provided the weapon used in Queen’s murder. The incident occurred on September 2nd when officers responded to a call on Java Drive. Upon arrival, they found Me’Kel Queen lying unresponsive in the road. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department pronounced him dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported hearing fighting before the shooting took place. Queen’s family spoke to First Coast News in September, expressing their grief and calling for an end to gun violence. Donnell Queen, Me’Kel’s father, spoke of the pain of losing his son and emphasized the need for peaceful conflict resolution.

The arrest of Gabriel Waisanen adds another layer of complexity to this tragic case. As the investigation progresses, authorities will likely uncover more details surrounding the events leading up to Me’Kel Queen’s murder. The community will be watching closely, hoping for justice to be served and for an end to the senseless violence that claimed the life of a young teenager..

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