BIRTH: December 25, 1990

DEATH: December 24, 2007

Armando Cortez ~ Age 16

Armando, 16, was beaten and shot to death while parking his car to attends a friends birthday party. He was mistaken for a rival gang member. 

After Armando dropped off his girlfriend at the entrance to where the  party was taking place he then went to park his car behind nearby school. As he pulled into the parking lot, he was attacked by a group of 10 people leaving the party, who thought he was a member of a rival gang. Right after he exited the car they started beating him with a bat. Then someone walked up and shot Armando 5 times. 

Armando wasn’t involved gangs and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Jonathan Homesley, 16, was arrested and indicted as an adult on a charge of first-degree murder.

Joseph Rondon, 19, of Plant City was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, burglary of an occupied vehicle and criminal mischief. He is free on bail.

Bartow police are still seeking Juan Gutierrez, 21, of Plant City. Gutierrez faces charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief.


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