Details About Murders of 3 Teens in Florida Revealed in Arrest Affidavits

Arrest affidavits for two boys charged in the murders of three Florida teens last week reveal more information about how the shootings went down.

crimeonline, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it had arrested a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old for the murders, which stunned the rural community north of Orlando. They are still looking for a 16-year-old boy, and on Saturday announced that the United States Marshals and Florida Sheriff’s Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program had offered up to $5,000 each for information leading to his arrest.

The bodies of the three victims were found on three separate days. On the evening of March 30, 16-year-old Layla Silvernail was found critically wounded on the side of the road near a dumpster. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing Silvernail’s car slowly hit the dumpster before it drove off again.

The following morning, a 17-year-old boy was found dead on the side of the road about a half mile away. He has not been named. And on April 1, deputies retrieved Silvernail’s car from a pond where it had been partially submerged and found another 16-year-old girl dead in the trunk. She was later identified by family members as Camille Quarles.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said that all six of the juveniles had been involved in criminal activity prior to the shooting, but he did not reveal details. WOFL obtained arrest affidavits for the two boys who were arrested, however, and those documents reveal the boys’ alleged confession.

Investigators say that the activities of the suspects and victims before the shootings including driving to a “trap house,” “smoking,” “car hopping,” and “committing burglaries,” the documents reveal. Photos on a confiscated phone show one of the victims with the suspects “displaying firearms and ammunition.”

A robbery earlier in the evening

And at least one of the victims was involved in a robbery with the 12-year-old and the 17-year-old suspects. The male victim of that robbery told detectives that he communicated with a friend of one of the victims over Snapchat and agreed to buy a gun at about 6:30 p.m. on March 30. The robbery victim said he got into the back seat of Silvernail’s vehicle with “two Black males he does not know” — likely the 12-year-old and 17-year-old, police wrote.

The robbery victim said he took out $240, and when he did, one of the Black males in the back set hit him on the cheek with a gun barrel and demanded the money. The victim said he fled the car and that one of the suspects fired a shot at him.

Later in the evening, the affidavits say, the three shooting victims and the 12-year-old and 17-year old suspects picked up the 16-year-old suspect. The younger suspect said he didn’t know the 16-year-old and that he wore a ski mask the entire time.

According to the 17-year-old, the group planned to rob someone for marijuana. Silvernail was driving, the 17-year-old male victim was in the front passenger seat, and Quarles was in the trunk smoking “by her own choice.”

‘We was all going to jail for life’

According to the 12-year-old, the group was traveling toward Ocklawaha when the 16-year-old in the ski mask pulled out a gun and shot Silvernail and the 17-year-old boy in the front seat. The car rolled into a garbage dumpster. The boy told police he shot “the female victim,” although the affidavit doesn’t make clear if he was referring to Silvernail or Quarles. He said the 17-year-old told him to shoot the girl “or his family would be killed,” according to the affidavit.

The boy said he didn’t think the victim he shot was dead after he shot her, and the 17-year-old said he shot one of the victims “because she was still alive. She was going to snitch on us all. We was all going to go to jail for life.”

The 16-year-old got behind the wheel of the car and drove about a half mile before he stopped to dump the male victim into a ditch, according to the 12-year-old. Then the group drove about nine miles away to a pond, where the vehicle was found partially submerged on April 1, with Quarles in the trunk.

The two suspects who have been arrested have been charged with first degree murder, although it is still unclear if they are being charged as adults. Until that determination is made, CrimeOnline will not identify them.

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[Featured image: Layla Silvernail/GoFundMe and Camille Quarles/GoFundMe]