82. Daytona Beach Cops: Murder of 23-year-old townsman found shot and killed near back of apartment complex in August remains unsolved

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By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH. Fla. – Just who shot 23-year-old Shaquan M. Willoughby in August remains unsolved to this day.

The Daytona Beach Police Department is actively investigating the fatal shooting that occurred at an apartment complex near Beville Road and Williamson Boulevard, but cops have no known suspects or motives for the homicide, although that drugs could be a factor.

Willoughby did not contest felony drug charges in circuit court in 2019 following a traffic stop in Daytona Beach Shores, and the guilty verdict was stayed.

UnresolvedShaquon Willoughby did not contest felony drug charges in circuit court in 2019 following a traffic stop in Daytona Beach Shores. The guilty verdict was upheld.

Here’s a summary of what happened: Members of the DBPD’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to a weapons complaint at 145 Acklins Circle at 4:21 a.m. on August 28, 2021.

First responders found Willoughby dead in a breezeway near the back of the Andros Isles apartment complex.

Several witnesses told dispatchers they heard numerous gunshots and the sound of a vehicle leaving the apartment complex shortly afterwards.

Police have not released information on how many times Willoughby was shot or where he was hit by gunfire.

Daytona Beach Police CID detectives say they are still trying to find out more details, including who fired the shots and what type of vehicle was used to flee the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Daytona Beach Police Detective Joseph Roces at (386) 671-5246 or [email protected] regarding Case 210016036.


The funeral of Mr. Shaquan M. Willoughby, 23, Daytona Beach, was held September 4, 2021 at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ with Pastor Derrick R. Harris officiating. Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born June 4, 1998, to Shaun and Tabitha Willoughby came into rest in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ, August 28, 2021.

Shaquan showed great love for his children, family, friends and those he met throughout his journey in life. He was an avid basketball player, whom he really loved. Shaquan attended schools in Volusia County and several churches in Daytona Beach.

He lets cherish his memory, his daughter: Ava Willoughby; father: Shaun M. Willoughby; mother: Tabitha Willoughby; siblings: D’Yonna Fletcher, Shakyra Willoughby and Dior Willoughby; paternal grandmother: Judith Willoughby; maternal grandmother: Pamela Weaver; maternal grandfather: Ralph Whitfield; and a host of grieving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and friends.

RJ Ganous Funeral Home, Inc. was responsible for the arrangements.

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