In Panama City Beach, Florida, partying and having fun is usually the motto of those visiting for tourism.
It's not just a tourist town with attractions on every corner, but it's a city of peaceful enjoyment where everyone comes to have a good time.
Unfortunately for 16 year old Jason Ian Price, three thugs from Alabama didn't just come to have a good, but they intended to make a quick few dollars even if it meant destroying the lives of his family forever.
Police say that the sixteen year old Arnold High School student went to meet 18 year old Rodney Jones, 24 year old Gertavious Montrez Canada, and 21 year old Demarcus Giddens to purchase marijuana.
The three drug dealers were from Auburn, Alabama and were in the city to party. They allegedly met the teenager with some of his friends on the beach where they had sold the teen a small amount of marijuana.
After the transaction the teen also jotted down their telephone numbers so he could reach them in the future. Later that evening he called them saying he wanted to spend around $500, him and his friends, to buy a few ounces of high quality marijuana.
The dealers told Jason Ian Price to come alone with the cash and meet them shortly after midnight Sunday at the CVS on Highway 98 near the Hathaway Bridge.
However Jason Price had no idea this would be the last time he ever spoke to anyone for the rest of his life.
Police say that once Price arrived to meet the criminal thugs, they had no intention of selling him a product but instead murdered the teen and stole his cash.
Jones and Canada are now charged with felony murder and armed robbery, according to police.
Investigators say that Giddens is charged with one count of murder and armed robbery, since detectives believe Giddens actually pulled the trigger.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three Auburn residents charged with murder after 16-year-old shot in Panama City Beach<a href="https://t.co/F6fmb9Uo4q">https://t.co/F6fmb9Uo4q</a></p>— The Auburn Plainsman (@TheAUPlainsman) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheAUPlainsman/status/899606277093027840">August 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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“Our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We will continue to vigorously fight violence in Bay County,” Sheriff Tommy Ford said in a news release. “Anyone who they can come to our community and commit violent acts will be hunted until justice is served.”
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