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More details emerge in homicide of Pensacola native
The state attorney's office says the shooting death of 20-year-old Shaquille Purifoy was not intentional.
Purifoy was shot Friday night in the 8400 block of Country Walk Drive. He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he later died. Thirty-nine-year-old Xavier Moore turned himself into the sheriff's officer over the weekend. He is charged with homicide and negligent manslaughter.
The arrest report doesn't reveal too many details on what happened Friday night. The sheriff's office says the situation is still under investigation. The state attorney's office says even though this appeared to have been accident, Xavier Moore was negligent in handling the weapon. Since he is a felon, he wasn't supposed to have a gun with him in the first place. Now purifoy's family is left trying to make sense of it all.
When Robert Gross talks about his son, he can't help but smile. He remembers Shaquille Purifoy, or Shaq as many called him, as an athlete who had a bright future ahead of him. Purifoy was visiting home for the summer from Grambling University where he played football.
"He was the kind of son every father would like to have and be proud of and everything."
The last time Gross spoke to Purifoy was Friday night, right before he was shot. Purifoy called to wish him a Happy Father's Day a few days early.
"I just didn't think anything of it and we talked a little bit more and I said, 'I'll see you Sunday, right?' and he said 'yeah, you'll see me.'"
Gross doesn't know what happened Friday night that took the life of his son. He says Purifoy had a good head on his shoulders, and for the most part, stayed out of trouble.
"But regardless what happened, it's not gonna bring him back. So we need to move on, what we're going through right now."
Gross says the family is holding up as best as they can. He is hoping this incident serves as a lesson to others, that the violence needs to stop.
"I'm not out for revenge but I'm out for a cease-fire. We've got to stop killing our young men."
Sheriff David Morgan released a statement today saying the incident was drug related. However, the state attorney's office says while there are aspects that appear to be drug-related, there were no drugs recovered at the scene.