Gone Too Soon: The 14- and 18-Year-Old Murder Victims of Florida's Teen Nightclub Shooting

Gone Too Soon: The 14- and 18-Year-Old Murder Victims of Florida's Teen Nightclub Shooting

Both of the teens loved basketball and will be dearly missed by their community.

Published July 25th

The Fort Myers shooting during the teen night at Club Blu has left at least 16 young people injured and two teenagers dead. Fourteen-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Stef’An Strawder are the two deceased victims from the tragic shooting. 

After the shots were fired, Strawder was hit and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he later died while being treated for his injuries. Strawder was going to be a senior basketball player at  Lehigh Senior High School. He was a star of the team and had been named one of the top three finalists for News-Press’ player of the year.

Archilles also shared a deep love for the sport of basketball. He was waiting on the corner to be picked up when the shooting began. Archilles was a student at Royal Palm Exceptional School, where he participated in The Bridge, an after school program for at-risk youth.

After hearing this tragic news, the Archilles family is still in shock. His father, Jean Robert Archilles, was photographed during the moment when he was told that his son was killed.

"I don't know what a 14-year-old could do," Archilles said in regards to his son being killed.

Friends of Archilles were also shot during the incident, and Strawder’s 19-year-old sister, Sharrelle, was shot in the leg. Members of the community are already coming together to pay tribute to the boys who were killed. Many have created Facebook memorial pages and are giving their condolences to the families of Archilles and Strawder. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photos from left: Sean Archilles via Facebook, Stef’An Strawder via Facebook)

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