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Police Continue Search for Leads in Winter Haven Cold Case Murder

Winter Haven, Fla. — Darnell Powell was 21 years old when he was shot and killed through the walls of his bedroom. 


What You Need To Know

  • Darnell Powell, 21, was shot to death on September 29, 2018
  • The suspect, or suspects, remains at large
  • There is a $5,000 award for anyone that has information that could lead to an arrest

“What kind of person kills a child in their sleep,” said Powell’s aunt, Angela Parker. “And nobody is speaking up?” 

The incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. on September 29, 2018.

Powell’s family gathered in front of the Winter Haven Police Department to speak to the media about the grief they are still carrying because the shooter is still at large. 

“That’s my grand baby,” said Powell’s grandmother, Darlene Edwards. “I have a hole in my heart. I keep looking for him. I miss him.” 

On Tuesday, Winter Haven police officers walked the neighborhood where Powell was shot, passing out flyers and asking questions about the day of his death. 

There is a $5,000 award for anyone that has information that could lead to an arrest. 

“I will never be the same,” said Edwards, holding back tears. “Please come forward, any little information helps.” 

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Winter Haven police department at (863) 291-5858. ​

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