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Arrest made in 2015 Zombicon shooting

Lee Herald Favicon 16The Fort Myers Police Department has arrested 23-year-old Jose Raul Bonilla of Immokalee in relation to the shocking shooting that took place at Zombicon in 2015.

Bonilla had been identified as a possible suspect not long after the shooting, according to Captain Jay Rodriguez, but it took reviewing over 1,000 hours of security footage and a partnership with the FBI Tampa field office in order to bring charges against the alleged shooter.

“This case has remained active since the beginning, and we hope this arrest will bring closure to the victims and the victims’ families,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said that authorities believe Bonilla is likely to have discussed the events of the shooting, which left one dead and five more wounded, and anyone one who overheard such a discussion is encouraged to report new information to the FMPD

“This investigation is not over with today’s arrest, in fact it is far from over,” Rodriguez said.

Bonilla has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, and one count of tampering with evidence.

The City of Fort Myers has settled out of court with number of the victims of the Zombicon shooting, including a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, who was killed at the festival.


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