Man arrested for tragic murder of young Florida athlete goes to trial in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, Fla. – The life of promising young athlete Dylan Jenkins was tragically cut short when he was hit by a stray bullet during Christmas break in 2021. Nyquan Priester, the man accused of firing the fatal shot, is currently on trial in Sarasota County, facing the painful details of the night Jenkins was killed.

Jenkins, an 18-year-old Riverview High School graduate and football player, was innocently hanging out with friends at Ackerman Park in Sarasota when he was struck by a bullet not meant for him. Prosecutors revealed that Priester fired multiple shots into a crowd of young people from the backseat of a car, ultimately hitting Jenkins in the back and ending his life.

In a turn of events, three individuals who were in the car with Priester that night are now testifying against him. Priester’s defense attorney, Omar Abdelghany, has argued that these individuals are lying and have falsely accused Priester. This trial has become a heartbreaking clash of testimonies as the jury is tasked with sorting through the evidence and discerning the truth behind Jenkins’ senseless death.

As the trial unfolds, more details continue to surface, shedding light on the tragic loss of a young life and the ripple effect it has had on the community. The outcome of this trial will ultimately determine who is responsible for the tragedy that befell Dylan Jenkins.