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2 Arrested In 7-Year-Old's Shooting Death; 1 Suspect Sought

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State Attorney Melissa Nelson attends the sheriff's press conference giving the update in the death of Heidy Rivas Villanueva Tuesday.

Sheriff Mike Williams announced Tuesday that two men are under arrest and a third is wanted in Saturday evening's shootout at a Westside strip mall that resulted in the death of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas Villanueva.

Stanley Harris III, 19, and Trevonte Montie Phoenix, 17, are in custody, and Abrion Maurice Price is wanted in connection with the girl's death.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson said Phoenix will be charged as an adult with felony murder.

Price faces the same charge, while Harris is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, with more charges pending, Williams said.

“This shooting was the result of a robbery that was set up by two people, Trevonte Montie Phoenix and Abrion Maurice Price,” Sheriff Mike Williams said Tuesday afternoon.

He said the two disguised the robbery as a gun sale on social media. Their unnamed target showed up with a friend, Stanley Tyrone Harris III, to the IHOP at the shopping plaza.

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Abrion Price is wanted in the death of Heidy Rivas Villanueva.

When Phoenix and Price robbed Harris’s friend, taking his money, a gun and his cell phone, Williams said Harris opened fire on the two as they tried to flee. Thirteen shots were fired between them, one of which entered the car where Heidy sat with her father and a younger child. She died at the hospital.

Williams is asking for the public’s help in finding Price.

“No one should be helping Price. You should be calling and turning him in. You shouldn’t be helping him, and if we find out through the investigation that you harbored him, that you helped him out, then you can expect to be arrested,” Williams said.

Price is described as 6'3" and 190 pounds. 

Watch Williams announce the arrests:

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP