In a case that could have stand your ground implications, a young man running home naked after his clothes were taken died after being shot by a motorist who has never been charged.
Jandei Cherry, 22, a Pembroke Pines, Florida man, had been skinny-dipping on a beach with co-workers after getting off from work at a restaurant, and got into some type of argument with one of them, who took off with his belongings, leaving Cherry to take a ten-mile run home with no clothes on.
Cherry was spotted running down a Hollywood, Florida street naked sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. on October 6th by Duke Laguerre, 29, and a female passenger, who circled back and stopped to ask if he was OK. Police said there is no indication the two men knew each other. There are few details of what happened next, since there were no other witnesses.
But, according to documents obtained by The Sun-Sentinel, Laguerre told police he asked several times if Cherry was OK, and that Cherry grabbed the car window, pulling on it as Laguerre tried to roll the window up.
Laguerre said Cherry then reached into his car and grabbed his shoulder. Laguerre reached into his console, grabbed a Glock 9 mm handgun and fired. shattering the window. Laguerre drove away, called a friend, and then his stepfather, who told him to call 911.
Cherry was shot in the stomach. A passing policeman found him on the ground in the pre-dawn darkness. He was awake and talking but later pronounced dead at a hospital. Laguerre returned to the scene.
His passenger corroborated his story and said she recorded some of the incident on her cellphone. Cherry’s co-worker brought the victim’s clothes, wallet, a skateboard, and other belongings to the restaurant the next day.
He leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter and a distressed mother. Now, his family wants answers, and someone held accountable. They wonder why Laguerre has not been arrested. The family has started a facebook page, Justice4Jandei, and a petition on Change.org calling on Florida authorities to charge Laguerre in the case.
UPDATE: This article has been edited to include the words “never been charged” into the first sentence.
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