Teen Found Dead In Bethel AME Parking lot – The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating after a boy Joshua Purcell age 16 was found dead in the 500 block of West Orange Avenue on Wednesday. the case has been taking as a homicide as it seems the victim was murdered.
the Police Officers responded to the area shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday and found a deceased juvenile male, now identified by family as 16-year-old Joshua Purcell, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
At this time, investigators are working to determine a suspect and motive for the shooting, which they say occurred in the parking lot at Bethel AME Church on West Orange Avenue.
Purcell was going into his junior year at Leon High School. He was also part of The Omega Lamplighters.
“Chief Revell extends his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. TPD’s victim advocates are assisting the family, and Leon County Schools has grief counseling available for both students and staff,” TPD’s release read.
Investigators are interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence from the scene and social media, and completed the canvas of the surrounding area.
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Purcell’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.