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Family seeks answers after daughter killed by gunfire

Iyani Jackson not intended target, family says
Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-14 08:25:22-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Nearly three months after losing her daughter to gun violence, April Jackson is still pushing for answers.

"It's unnecessary and you took away a beautiful spirit," Jackson said.

It was after midnight on June 27 when Iyani Jackson, 18, was shot and killed while sleeping at her boyfriend's house on Ocean Breeze Circle in Boynton Beach.

Iyani's mother said someone walked up, fired several shots inside the home and then left. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the hospital.

"She happened to be the one that had her life taken away that day," April Jackson said.

Boynton Beach fatal shooting on Ocean Breeze Circle
Police are investigating after a woman was shot and killed at a home on Ocean Breeze Circle, June 27, 2022, in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Iyani was a recent graduate of Atlantic Community Senior High School and had plans to start a career in real estate. She was also the mother of a newborn.

"When she died, the baby was about 3 to 4 weeks old, so now the baby is 2 months old," Zikoia Jackson, Iyani's sister, said. "Iyani was very beautiful, very smart. She was very much like a germophobic, so she was very neat, actually the neatest sister out of all of us."

Her family said she wasn't the intended target and investigators still don't have a motive. They're hoping anyone with information will come forward to help bring them closer to justice.

"If anybody has a heart, if anybody knows anything that had to do with this crime, report it to the authorities," April Jackson said.

Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Iyani's family is offering a separate reward of $10,000.

Investigators with the Boynton Beach Police Department urge anyone with information to call 561-742-6169 or Crime Stoppers at 800-452-TIPS.