Taigur Taguri

REWARD: “Ambushed And Murdered” 17-Year-Old Boy Killed At Bartow Park

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on several black males who ambushed and murdered 17-year-old Taigur Taguri at a county park in Bartow.

Around 9:40 p.m. Monday, the PCSO Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from Gordon Heights Park near Bartow in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived on-scene they located 17-year-old Taigur Taguri of Bartow deceased in the driver’s seat of a red Chevrolet Silverado truck. A female witness was in the passenger seat and told deputies that Taigur was hanging out with her in Lakeland earlier in the evening when he asked her if she wanted to go for a ride.

They ended up at this park, where she has not been before; she was not quite sure where they were. He told her when they arrived that he was going to sell marijuana to some guys.

The witness then saw several unknown black males approach the truck, open both doors, and begin shooting the victim. Multiple firearms were discharged and Taigur was shot multiple times. The witness, miraculously, was not hit by any bullets.

“They ambushed and murdered this young man,” said Judd. “We need help in order to quickly identify and apprehend the suspects.”

Judd said that they believe the suspects are about the same age as the victim.

“Let me talk to the suspects for just a second. There are several of you, and you all didn’t fire a gun so let me ask those of you who didn’t fire a gun. Do you eventually want to be a witness to first-degree murder or do you want to be a co-defendant to a first-degree murder? That’s the choice you have,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

“We are seeking information about this homicide,” said PCSO.

If you have any information please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). There is a $5,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous.

We will update this story as more details are released.

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