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Community reacts to arrest in Ryan Rogers homicide

Ryan Rogers memorial. (WPEC)
Ryan Rogers memorial. (WPEC)
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The Palm Beach Gardens Community is reacting to the arrest of a homeless man for the death of Ryan Rogers.

In a press release this morning it was announced that the suspect, Semmie Lee Williams Jr., 39, has no known connection to the teen.

The news of the seemingly random attack has parents wondering if their own kids are safe, even in historically "safe" neighborhoods.

Jennifer Griffin has a 13-year-old daughter and is now afraid to let her teen go anywhere alone.

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"Palm Beach Gardens, is so we thought, a very safe community," said Griffin. "It was almost like, what? How? Not here."

Parents lined the street to pick up their kids from Watson B. Duncan Middle School Thursday, all taking extra precautions to keep their children safe.

Ryan Rogers was killed after his mom said the 14-year-old left home on his bike on Nov. 15. The next morning the boy's body was found near Central Blvd. at and I-95.

At first, investigators were only interested in witnesses who were near Central Boulevard and I-95 between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., but quickly expanded the parameters between PBG Boulevard and Donald Ross Road.

"What's that saying, helicopter parent?" said Griffin. "I feel like that's what I am doing now."

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