Two years have passed since the May 10, 2015, homicide that shook the McCarter family.
A resounding blast perforated the silence of a Spring evening in Southwest Lehigh Acres.
Andre McCarter was arriving home, a very short distance from State Road 82, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on that Sunday evening.
“He put the keys in the door and was getting ready to come in the house,” stated Debbie McCarter, Andre’s mother.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 27 Street Southwest residence and encountered Andre McCarter suffering from a gunshot wound. Shot on his mother’s doorstep, the 36-year-old father of two was clinging to life. McCarter was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.
“We looked out the window and we didn’t see Andre or the car, so we called 9-1-1,” added Debbie McCarter. “They told us to stay in the house and don’t open the doors or nothing.”
The perpetrator fled in McCarter’s 2012 silver Kia Optima.
Five day’s later, Andre succumbed to the wound he received.
“They took the car and killed him. It was sad the way they killed him. We don’t know why. But I miss him, and I love him and it hurts,” said Ms. McCarter.
The vehicle was later located, four days later, by law enforcement. What appeared to be all of Andre’s belongings, as well as those of his mother, were found inside of the vehicle.
“Because all of McCarter’s belongings, as well as his mother’s, were left at the scene and in the car, detectives have ruled out a robbery gone wrong,” stated Trish Routte, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “The question now is who killed Andre McCarter and why – and who else may be targeted as the next victim.”
While Andre McCarter had a significant number of prior arrests in Lee County, many were of the misdemeanor variety involving drugs, traffic matters and violations of probation. McCarter was sentenced to one year and three months in a Florida State prison for Cocaine Sales and Fleeing and Eluding, however, he served only served six months in Minimum Custody from November of 2009 until May of 2010.
“When you decide to take a life, you just don’t know what dark cloud you’re putting over the family – you have no idea,” said Rachelle McCarter, Andre’s sister. “And if you know something, you should tell it. Because if it hit home, it could be your brother tomorrow. It could be your son tomorrow.”
Two years later, LCSO detectives continue to devote time to this case hoping that someone comes forward with additional information.
“We’re very committed to keeping this an active homicide investigation,” remarked Sergeant James Divis. “So anything the public can help us with in the form of tips or anything they heard – if they heard word of mouth on the street – anything is useful in a case like this.”
As would any family suffering such a loss, the McCarters seek justice and closure. They are desirous, hoping that someone comes forward and provides information that will lead the sheriff’s office to the person or persons responsible.
“He was everything to me. He did everything for me, with me. Whenever I needed something, he was there for me,” shared Debbie McCarter.
Additionally, Andre’s two children are left heartbroken and wondering why their father was taken from them.
An anonymous tip may be all that is needed to resolve this case. An entire family eagerly awaits that call.
Should you have any information regarding the homicide of Andre McCarter, you are urged to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. All persons submitting tips can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.
Additionally, tips can now me submitted using the new P3 Tips app. This app is available for both Apple and Android devices. For more information about this new technology, please click here.
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