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Tampa teen arrested on murder charge on his 17th birthday, deputies say

He was wanted in the Feb. 17 shooting death of another teen, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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Published Feb. 24
Updated Feb. 24

TAMPA — A 17-year-old wanted in a fatal Feb. 17 shooting in the University area turned himself in on Wednesday, deputies say.

Kanye Mordica was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm. He turned himself in Wednesday morning, on his 17th birthday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were working a Feb. 17 call in the University area when they learned that nearby there was a body lying outside a duplex at E 124th Avenue and N Ninth Street.

Kanye Mordica, 17, faces a charge of second-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Kanye Mordica, 17, faces a charge of second-degree murder, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]

They found a male juvenile who had died at the scene. He suffered trauma to his upper body, though the Sheriff’s Office did not elaborate.

Then on Monday, deputies said they had obtained an arrest warrant for Mordica and were searching for him. That led Mordica to turn himself in, the agency said. He was being held at the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the juvenile who was killed or provide any other details about the crime, including what led to the slaying.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies work the scene of a Feb. 17 homicide involving a teenager at a duplex near the intersection of E 124th Avenue and N Ninth Street in Tampa's University area.
Hillsborough sheriff's deputies work the scene of a Feb. 17 homicide involving a teenager at a duplex near the intersection of E 124th Avenue and N Ninth Street in Tampa's University area. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]