BRADENTON -- A white chair protected by thin plastic stood against a home in the 700 block of 12th Avenue West Monday. The sun's reflection on the chair shone in stark contrast to the house's rich purple hue. Two tall, white candles were planted in front with messages written on them for Zory Jenkins.
It's where witnesses say Jenkins was sitting when he was shot around 11:12 p.m. Saturday. The 16-year-old Southeast High School sophomore was shot to death by unknown assailants, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Officers getting gasoline at a city facility in the 700 block of 13th Avenue reportedly heard several gunshots and flooded the area.
On Monday, Bradenton Police Capt. William Fowler said police need the public's help on the homicide case.
"I am waiting to get some more information. We definitely need what we can get," Fowler said. "That's why we need someone to come forward with some information that can help us."
Jenkins' sister, Johnisha McNear, stood near the home.
"That was my baby. I loved him very much," the 18-year-old said.
"That was my everything."
McNear said multiple people called to say her brother was shot.
"I just kept saying 'My baby, my baby!'" she said.
McNear described Jenkins as quiet and loving. He had his own personality, his own way, she said.
In Jenkins' Facebook profile photo, smoke billows from his mouth. His 16th birthday cake, coated in chocolate frosting, had 16 Black & Mild's stuck in them. One of his photo albums is filled with relationship-related memes and a few show clumps of marijuana.
"I can't tell you -- but if you see it, then that's what it is," McNear said when asked if her brother was involved with marijuana. "That's what it is. ... He's a young boy. He's a regular teenager."
Rosby Peterson, 16, aimed a basketball through a hoop by the side of the house where his friend was killed Saturday night. The 16-year-old said he knew Jenkins since "diaper days." "We were like brothers," he said.
Peterson said he and Jenkins played for the Palmetto Trojans football team and later for the Manatee Pitbulls when they were younger. Jenkins was good at football -- and the best as running back, he said.
The last time they hung out, Peterson remembers Jenkins talking a lot about his 3-month-old son Kadien.
"He was excited to be a dad," he said.
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.