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Clearwater police identify young woman shot to death

CLEARWATER — Police identified the 18-year-old woman fatally shot early Thursday as Meyhante Townsend of Clearwater.

The shooting took place at 1391 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. about 2:56 a.m., police said. The initial 911 call reported a suicide, but detectives are still investigating.

Police said Townsend and 18-year-old Jovante Darling were in a bedroom when the shooting occurred.

Darling, a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, but police said he is not considered a suspect and the shooting appears to be accidental. Pinellas County court records show Darling was convicted of grand theft auto in July.

Police are still investigating to determine who had the gun when it went off.

Police said there was indication of drug use in the room where the shooting occurred.

Several other people were in the house and heard the gun go off.

Townsend's aunt, Maurice Mack, told Bay News 9 that people in the house need to come forward about the incident.

"All of those that were in there that really know what happened to Meyhante, they need to open their mouth and tell the truth," she said. "That's what they need to do because we aren't getting it.

"No one is coming out with the whole truth and we know for a fact that there were a house full of people. Somebody knows what happened to Meyhante. We do know she wasn't suicidal."

Reach Danny Valentine at or (727) 893-8804.

Clearwater police identify young woman shot to death 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 6:21pm]
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