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Friends plan memorial service for two slain Tampa teens

TAMPA — Friends of two slain Tampa teens plan to hold a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Port Tampa.

Pastor Ron Satterwhite said he's been told to expect a packed house of people mourning the deaths of Kiara Brito, 16, and Jeremi Brito, 13.

"They were very popular," he said.

The siblings were shot to death in their South Tampa home early Sunday. No one has been charged in their deaths.

The Brito family did not attend the church, at 8306 Interbay Blvd., but many of their friends did, Satterwhite said. At least one friend plans to speak and Satterwhite also plans to address the group.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said she had no new information on the case that she could release Thursday.

Charles Stephan Waits, 19, the man police arrested on a drug warrant, saying they wanted to speak to him about Sunday's shooting, remains in custody.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

Friends plan memorial service for two slain Tampa teens 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 3:13pm]
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